The Inquiry held a public consultation on its draft Terms of Reference in Spring 2022. This gave people the chance to have their say on the topics the Inquiry covers, and how it should go about its work. During the consultation, the Inquiry team met over 150 bereaved families across the UK, and representatives from many different sectors such as charities, unions, faith groups, education and healthcare. In total we received over 20,000 responses.
This feedback shaped the Inquiry Chair Baroness Hallett’s recommendations to the Prime Minister on the Terms of Reference.
The Inquiry has now received its final Terms of Reference (below), which set out the topics of the Inquiry’s investigations into the UK’s pandemic response.
The Prime Minister has set the Terms of Reference for the UK Covid-19 Inquiry. This means that the Inquiry has been formally established under the Inquiries Act (2005) and is able to begin its work officially.
UK Covid-19 Inquiry Terms of Reference
The Inquiry will examine, consider and report on preparations and the response to the pandemic in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, up to and including the Inquiry’s formal setting-up date, 28 June 2022.
In carrying out its work, the Inquiry will consider reserved and devolved matters across the United Kingdom, as necessary, but will seek to minimise duplication of investigation, evidence gathering and reporting with any other public inquiry established by the devolved governments. To achieve this, the Inquiry will set out publicly how it intends to minimise duplication, and will liaise with any such inquiry before it investigates any matter which is also within that inquiry’s scope.
In meeting its aims, the Inquiry will:
The aims of the Inquiry are to:
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