Many expensive-looking homes you see in magazines look like a million bucks because they were intentionally styled and organized. You can mimic this in your own home without having to spend a ton of money. Small changes can elevate a space and make it feel more upscale without breaking the bank. If you’re looking to refresh your home, check out these 45 home upgrades that seem expensive but are actually cheap AF on Amazon.
Making a few decor swaps throughout your home is an easy way to transform a space on a budget. From switching pillowcases to lighting a delicious-smelling candle, you can curate a home that feels luxurious at a price you’ll love. On this list, I’ve included more easy switches, like large Turkish towels that will look way better than your decade-old, bleach-stained ones. You’ll also find faux marble coasters, a fluffy comforter, and a wifi light switch for a smart home. These small, incremental changes may not seem like much, but they can make a huge impact, especially when you’re on a budget.
Amazon is the best place to find affordable home products and this list focuses specifically on upgrades you can make yourself. I’ve included marble contact paper that you can adhere to any flat surface to make it feel more sophisticated, as well as a grout pen that refreshes your tile for less than $10.
Don’t let the photos fool you, these elegant upgrades are shockingly inexpensive. Now you can create your dream home without blowing your budget. And best of all? Your guests will never know the difference.
This Sink Faucet Attachment That Rotates 720 Degrees
This reasonably priced faucet attachment takes any household sink to the next level by creating a 720-angel spray range. That means you can clean your entire sink, fill up buckets, or even drink from it like a water fountain, all by swiveling the attachment. It connects to most standard taps in your kitchen or bathroom and can be installed without tools. It has two sprayer modes: a soft bubble stream or a strong shower.
An Electric Water Pump And Dispenser For Less Than $15
This water bottle dispenser seems expensive but it’s only $14 — which is one reason why it has earned more than 14,000 reviews and a 4.6-star rating. This kit comes with everything you need: a water bottle pump, stainless steel pipe, food-grade silicone hose, micro-USB charging cable, and a user manual. The electrical pump makes it easy to dispense water from five-gallon bottles without having to lift them upside down. The battery lasts for up to 40 days before it needs to be recharged.
A Self-Adhesive Paper That Looks Like Expensive Marble
Add a touch of luxury to any surface with this surprisingly inexpensive peel-and-stick marble wallpaper. The PVC material is self-adhesive and is smooth and easy to clean. Add it to countertops, cabinets, drawers, doors, and, of course, walls. It provides an inexpensive way to update your space — plus it’s a breeze to remove if you ever change your mind.
The Smart Light Switch That’s Surprisingly Affordable
Converting your home to a smart home seems one of those projects that would be a hefty expense, but these wifi light switches are inexpensive game-changers. Now you can upgrade your ordinary light switches with these affordable ones that connect to your wifi and smart devices so you can control them from anywhere. These can also turn off automatically using timer or countdown schedules, and can also work with voice control. With time, you’ll wonder how you lived without them.
These Smart Light Bulbs That Can Be Controlled Even While You’re Away
While you’re making your home smart, don’t forget to convert your light bulbs with this budget-friendly pack of smart light bulbs. They sync to an app or your smart home hub, like Amazon Alexa, so you can turn the lights on and off with the sound of your voice. Depending on the vibe you’re aiming to achieve, you can choose among 16 million colors and a number of customized brightness levels. Who knew light bulbs could be so cool?
The Color-Changing Light Strip That Syncs To Music
Crank up the party with this app-controlled light strip that costs less than you probably think. The color-changing lights come in two sizes, 50 or 65.5 feet, and can be dimmed or set to schedules, from an app or a remote. Install them anywhere — from your bedroom to your porch — to add ambiance for less than $30. They even sync up to music.
A Wireless Hub To Update Your Garage Door Opener
Installing a new garage door opener can be a pricey update, but this wireless garage hub is simple to use and under budget. It connects to an app on your phone so you can remotely open and shut your garage door. This hub is compatible with a wide variety of garage door openers.
These Under-Cabinet Lights That Are Less Than $25
Add custom lighting to your house for less than $25 with these under-cabinet LED lights. The kit comes with six strips of LED lights that total almost 10 feet long. They have an adhesive option, so you can stick them in hallways, on the stairs, or in a closet for a little extra light. They have a remote control that allows you to change the lights from up to 60 feet away, or you can just use the in-line on/off switch. The lights are dimmable and give off a warm white light (they also come in plain white).
These Solar-Powered Lights For Home Security
Adding a little extra security to your home can be relatively inexpensive thanks to these highly reviewed solar-powered outdoor lights. These lights are waterproof, motion-activated, cordless, and have three modes: security, continuously on, or smart brightness, which stays on all night and gets brighter when it detects motion. These lights are specifically designed to withstand extreme weather conditions so you can set them and forget them while giving yourself some peace of mind. They have an impressive 4.5-star rating and more than 25,000 reviews.
A Fancy 2-In-1 Tablet Stand For Comfy Scrolling
Whether you’re referring to a recipe while you cook or playing DJ for your houseguests, you’ll love this 2-in-1 tablet stand. It has two strong bases, one for flat surfaces like countertops, and one to mount on the wall so you can store your iPad or tablet at eye level. The aluminum design has flexible joints and folds flat when it’s not in use. This stand can accommodate tablets up to 13-inches wide. For just $30, the stand also comes with a stylus and tether, as well as a stylus grip and any hardware you may need to install it.
This Bargain Indoor HD Camera With Two-Way Audio
This mini security camera connects to an app so you monitor any activity inside your home, at any time, from anywhere. Many security systems are whole-home systems that can cost a fortune, but this mini option provides additional assurance wherever you need it for an affordable price. It’s designed for indoor use only but does include night vision to give you a clear picture, even when all the lights are off. It shoots 1080 HD video and has two-way audio so you can say “hi” to your four-legged friends from work.
A Turkish Bath Towel That’s Surprisingly Inexpensive
Kick your tired bath towels to the curb and replace them with these shockingly affordable Turkish bath towels. At 37-by-70 inches they’re large enough to cover you and are designed from 100% organic cotton, which makes them soft and highly absorbent. They dry quickly and will only get softer the more you wash them. Choose from 39 colors to accent your bathroom without breaking the bank.
This Pack Of Super-Soft Satin Pillowcases
These satin pillowcases, which come with two in a pack, are so smooth and soft that you’ll feel like you’ve achieved royalty status simply by sleeping on them every night. The low-maintenance polyester satin pillowcases are machine washable and have envelope closures. They come in four sizes and 24 shades, including rich tones of blue and burgundy and plenty of neutrals to match any decor.
An Outlet Extender With Six AC Outlets And Two USB Ports
Your home will always look more refined when various cords and wires aren’t visible every time you turn your head. This 6-outlet extender makes it possible by offering six AC outlets for your appliances and lights, as well as two USB ports for charging devices. The unique three-sided power strip frees up other outlets in your home and even features a soothing night light that guides your path in the dark.
This Down Alternative Comforter For All Seasons
Your bedroom should be an oasis that you look forward to after a long day. Elevate your room without spending too much money with this all-seasons down alternative comforter. Use it on its own or as a duvet since it has eight corner and side loops to secure it to a duvet cover. It keeps you cool in the summer and warm in the winter and has a box stitch design that prevents the fill from shifting. It comes in eight mattress sizes, from twin to oversized king, and 21 colors and prints like plaid.
An Expensive-Looking Gel Pillow To Replace Yours
Odds are your pillows have seen better days. Replace yours with this set of two affordable gel pillows. They’re soft to the touch, with a 100% cotton exterior and poly gel fiber inside that’s cooling, cushioning, and supportive. They hold their shape over time and these breathable pillows are hypoallergenic, resistant to dust mites, and have machine washable cotton covers.
The Plug-In Night Lights That Are Sleek And Slim
Does a space in your home need a little bit more light, but you’re on a strict budget? These plug-in night lights are an affordable solution. They’re sleek and modern, plus they have dusk-to-dawn sensors, which means they can tell when the room is dark and vice versa. Unlike other night lights, this compact design uses one outlet without blocking the other one. The LED bulbs have a long life and come in a warm white color.
This Broom And Tool Holder That’s Only $12
Upgrade your utility room by installing this mounted mop holder that’s less than you’d expect. For just $12, this fix can make any room feel less cluttered. It has space for five larger tools, like mops and brooms, as well as six hooks for hanging towels, scrubbers, and cleaning supplies. You may want to grab one for your garage to store lawn tools or sports equipment, too.
An Outlet Shelf To Upgrade Your Charging Station
Add a little extra counter space right where you need it with this affordable home outlet shelf that doubles as an outlet extender. It turns any ordinary outlet into a convenient stand for speakers, beauty products, or voice-activated smart devices and boasts six AC ports and two USB ports. Use it in the kitchen, bathroom, or office, or create your own charging station anywhere in your home since it’s only $23.
The Wall-Mounted Bag Dispenser That’s Cheap
This wall-mounted grocery bag dispenser is priceless if you ask reviewers, but if you’re still on the fence, the $15 price tag might help. Up to 30 bags can be added to the top opening, and when you need to reuse one, just pull a bag out of the front dispensing slot without disrupting the others. The dispenser comes with screws and adhesive tape for quick installation, too.
This Pan Organizer That’s Customizable
Custom cabinet organization can cost thousands, but it doesn’t have to break the bank. This budget-friendly pan organizer is the ideal solution for any home that could use a bit more storage. This layered unit can be set on its side or standing up to accommodate your cabinet size and store five pans at once. It even comes with mounting tools to secure the unit into place while saving cabinet space. Snag one in bronze or chrome.
These Soft Microfiber Sheets For Less Than $30
If you’re looking for new bed sheets, this affordable option comes with a major fan base: it has earned more than 230,000 reviews and a 4.6-star rating. This set is made of silky, low-maintenance microfiber that is resistant to wrinkles and pilling and comes with a flat sheet, a fitted sheet that fits over a 14-inch mattress, and two pillowcases. Choose among 44 colors and patterns, as well as six sizes: twin, twin XL, full, queen, king, and California king.
This Delicious-Smelling Candle With A Minimalist Label
Welcome guests into your home by setting the mood with this cedarwood-infused mango candle. It’s highly rated (4.5-stars), hand-poured in the U.S., and made of soy wax that burns clean, producing a delicious smell that reviewers say lasts anywhere from 40 to 70 hours. These vegan candles have cotton wicks and sleek, minimalist packaging that looks sophisticated placed anywhere in your home.
A Silicone Utensil Set To Elevate Your Kitchen
Matching utensils have a way of making ordinary kitchenware feel fancy. This five-piece set is elegant and modern, featuring black silicone and copper metallic handles. The set includes tongs, a spoonula, a spoon, a spatula, and a whisk. This BPA-free set is resistant to heat up to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and it also comes in marble white, mint, and navy.
The Modern Faux Marble Coaster Set That Is Cheap
Small changes can make your home feel more put together without spending a lot of money. These fuax marble coasters are an elevated version of a practical product that will make your home feel more modern. The set comes with six coasters and a metal holder. The 4.5-inch round coasters are super absorbent and feature a cork backing to protect your tables.
A Four-Pack Of Pots With Drainage Holes And Decorative Trays
Indoor plant lovers know that drainage holes are an important way to keep plants healthy and avoid root rot. These flower planters will make the perfect gift for anyone looking to expand their plant collection. Not only are they functional, but they’re also quite beautiful to look at. They’re also packaged well, to avoid breaking in the mail. You can grab a set in one of four colors.
This Dual Showerhead That Won’t Break The Bank
A dreamy rain showerhead seems like an expensive luxury, but this six-setting showerhead is actually very reasonably priced. The dual heads each have intense, high pressure that elevates your traditional shower. The rain shower head is seven-inch wide and has three modes to engulf you in warm water. The secondary, handheld showerhead has six different settings such as power rain, pulsating massage, and water-saving pause mode. They both boast an elegant chrome finish and come with all the tools you need to upgrade your shower.
A Modern Shower Caddy That Adheres To The Wall
Ditch that rusted or plastic shower caddy and give your shower an upgrade with this modern, fancy-looking one that’s only $25. It’s made of stainless steel and hangs on the wall with a super sticky adhesive, so you don’t need any tools to install it. It holds up to 15 pounds and has a deep enough basket to store a full-size shampoo, conditioner, liquid soap, and more. This one won’t rust and includes four removable hooks for hanging razors or washcloths.
These Remote-Controlled Flameless Candles
Hosting by candlelight just feels fancy, but it can be costly and even dangerous. This nine-piece flameless candle set is a budget-friendly and safe alternative. Each candle has two glow modes: flickering or a steady glow, plus you can set timers to automatically turn off the candles at two, four, six, or eight hours. The wick-less candle lights are remote-controlled, dimmable, and run on AA batteries (which are not included).
A Cheap Storage Ottoman That Doubles As Extra Seating
Decorative storage is the secret to an expensive-looking home, but much of the storage options out there are pricey. This affordable folding storage ottoman provides storage or extra seating, plus it looks elegant in any space. Don’t need it right now? Simply fold it down and stash it in a linen closet. This pick is available in three colors: midnight blue, modern gray, and tweed.
These Luxurious Velvet Pillow Covers
This two-pack of pillow covers will revamp your living room or bedroom decor for less than $15. Made of smooth velvet, they’re soft, cozy, and feature an invisible zipper that securely holds the inner pillow (not included) in place. They are available in seven sizes and 34 colors, such as khaki, light blue, and orange, so you can mix and match as you wish. And at this price, you can refresh for every season.
The Window Film That Offers Privacy For Less
Here’s a budget-friendly upgrade you can add to your house that will make a huge impact: frosting your windows. Not only does this window film add some extra privacy to your windows or glass doors, but it still allows light to filter in: a win-win. This decorative film relies on static instead of glue so it won’t leave behind any residue.
These Hotel-Like Satin Sheets For $28
These satin sheets will elevate your bedroom, transporting you to an expensive hotel as you fall to sleep. Best of all? They’re under budget. They’re soft yet durable and do wonders for keeping your skin and hair moisturized. The set comes with two pillowcases, a flat sheet, and a fitted sheet that has a strong elastic band to stay put on your mattress. Choose among 16 wrinkle-free, fade-resistant, and machine washable color options. The sheets come in five mattress sizes: twin, full, queen, king, and California king.
A Bathtub Tray To Style Your Home Like A Magazine
A big difference between “magazine-worthy homes” and the average home is usually just a little intentional styling. This bamboo bathtub caddy stretched across your guest bath will give an elegant, high-end feel to your whole bathroom — for less than a remodel. At about 27-inches wide, these are practical and will fit most standard bathtubs, allowing space for everything you’ll need for a relaxing bath. No need to worry about maintenance, either: it’s resistant to mildew and mold.
The Magnetic Garage Hardware For Curb Appeal
Upgrade your curb appeal for less than $15 with this magnetic garage door hardware. It sticks to your garage door to add character instantly. This set includes six faux hinges and handles to dress up the exterior of your home for less than you’d expect. They’re made of UV-protected plastic so they won’t fade over time.
These Star-Worthy Vanity Lights To Elevate Your Mirrors
Get ready in style by adding these LED mirror lights to your vanity. These stylish ultra-bright LED lights are a breeze to install with their adhesive backing, and they can be trimmed to size with scissors. In just 10 minutes, your bathroom will look like a celebrity green room. Plus, doing your makeup will be much easier since they even have a dimmer, so you can control the exact degree of illumination.
A Sink Protector That Nestles In The Drain
Skip the expensive plumber bills and prevent clogged drains before they happen with this drain protector. The stainless steel protector nestles inside of the drain so it won’t float away in your tub or sink and has a mushroom-shaped top that filters your shower water, trapping hair and debris before it washes away. Empty the protector every couple of showers by simply pulling up on the filter. It couldn’t be easier to use — or cheaper.
The Smart Plugs That Connect Your Home To An App
Smart homes are all the rage but they don’t come cheap — that’s why shoppers love these Alexa smart plugs. They connect via wifi to your smart home hubs such as Amazon Alexa, Echo, or Google Home, and they also work with a free app if you don’t have a smart home device. You can set timers and connect them to other devices in your home.
This Budget-Friendly Grout Pen For A Cheap Refresh
Refresh your bathroom for just $9 with this grout marker. This water-based formula comes in a pen dispenser with a precision tip so you can easily target grout without messing with your tiles. Just choose one of the 11 colors, as well as the size pen you need (5 mm or 15 mm), and apply it to your grout to restore its color. You can use it in your bathrooms, kitchens, or on tiled floors. It only takes 30 minutes to dry and will completely transform your tile.
The Magic Pink Paste That Cleans Everything
If you’ve tried every expensive cleaner and still haven’t found one to get your toughest jobs done, this all-purpose cleaning paste has been a crowd-favorite since 1938. This miracle pink stuff can polish the toughest, most soiled surfaces. It works on everything from tile and stovetops to soiled pots and pans and has a 4.5-star rating and more than 74,000 reviews. One reviewer raved: “This is the best cleaning product ever. It didn’t take me much time doing it and left my oven like new!”
These Under-Cabinet Lights With Motion Sensors
These battery-powered puck lights have an adhesive back, so you can stick them anywhere for a little extra light — which will brighten up your home for less than you might expect. The lights are motion-activated, making them ideal for under cabinets, closets, and pantries. They can be turned on continuously but will need to be charged after 10 hours. In motion-activated mode, they can last up to two months.
An Affordable Showerhead That Filters Out Impurities
A luxurious shower isn’t just about how it feels while you’re in it — it should be good for your hair and skin, too. This 12-stage filter showerhead removes sand, minerals, and impurities that could be drying out your skin and scalp. You won’t worry about hard water, heavy metals, or bacteria after installing this showerhead, and installation takes just a few minutes. It has earned more than 27,000 reviews, including one that noted, “Love this filter. Couldn’t afford a whole house water softener, but really needed something for the shower, so I started looking for a DIY-type filter at an affordable price. I could tell the difference within my hair and skin right away!”
These Solar-Powered Lights To Illuminate Your Yard
Create your dream backyard space with this pack of 12 outdoor solar lights that’s only $20. They’re made of stainless steel so they’re waterproof and can withstand the elements. The LED lights are powered by the sun and turn on once it’s dark. Each light has a sharp stake on the bottom that easily sticks into the ground and stays put.
A Stain-Resistant Rug With A Shockingly Low Price
A high-quality rug can turn an ordinary room into something extraordinary and this option is perfect if you’re on a budget. This 3-by-5 foot low-pile rug is made with durable synthetic fibers that won’t shed over time. The fabric is stain-resistant, which means you can let the kids and pets near it and it comes in 24 patterns and colors, as well as more than 30 sizes and shapes.
This Attachable Bidet That Fits Any Toilet
Think you need to replace your entire toilet to add a bidet? False. This pick is a crowd-favorite with more than 35,000 reviews and simply attaches to the side of your existing toilet. It is non-electric, self-cleaning, and fits any standard two-piece toilet. Made of metal, ceramic, and steel, it looks modern in any bathroom and a shield protects the nozzle when it’s not in use.
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Cassidy Timbrooks on ‘The Bachelor’ Isn’t the Villain You Think She Is
I knew Cassidy Timbrooks was going to be eliminated from The Bachelor the second she addressed a table full of children as “you small people.”
But it wasn’t until Clayton Echard learned she had a “friend with benefits” back home that her number came up. The Bachelor rescinded the rose he had already given her and predictably sent the 26-year-old executive assistant packing on Monday night’s episode.
In the eyes of the show, she had committed two cardinal sins: Not acting overjoyed to be around kids, and not putting her sex life on pause for a man she had never met.
That’s why her ride home from the mansion was more than just another early villain exit. The Bachelor is clearly trying to get back to basics this year — and by basics I mean American sexual politics circa 2002. The fact that Cassidy got the boot so swiftly shows how quickly the show is returning to its traditional roots. In an era of dating apps and delayed motherhood, ABC’s long-running reality dating franchise is recommitting in Clayton’s season to its core tenets: Love, marriage, and family — preferably before age 30.
In the eyes of the show, she had committed two cardinal sins: Not acting overjoyed to be around kids, and not putting her sex life on pause for a man she had never met.
Only against that backdrop would a woman like Cassidy strike anyone as an outlier. Outside of the show, she doesn’t exactly seem nefarious. Since the premiere aired, I have been following her on Instagram, where she’s been posting incredibly lucid and self-aware reflections about her time on The Bachelor, conceding in one of her Stories that she struggled to balance “confidence” with “considering other people’s takes.”
Indeed, like so many hated contestants before her, Cassidy appears to have been the victim of a selective edit and a mocking soundtrack. The unflattering edit began in earnest when she largely ignored the children at a birthday party group date to talk with the Bachelor instead. At one point, seated around a table sipping tea, she told a group of kids, “I spend as little time around you small people as possible, so forgive me…” and then immediately went on the back foot as they latched onto the comment.
I don’t blame the kids for taking offense. But any adult viewer who paid attention to her tone should have recognized the droll delivery. Was it an inartful thing to say? Sure. Children aren’t the right audience for wry humor, especially if you’re joking about avoiding them. But Cassidy didn’t deserve to be demonized as a kid hater, either.
“I knew I was giving villain, but I thought I was far more amusing and harmless,” she wrote in one of her post-show Instagram Stories, “and I think a lot of the hate is based in misogyny internalized and otherwise.”
She’s not wrong. Cassidy was punished, both in the edit and by a segment of the audience, for not going googly-eyed at the notion of spending an afternoon building a dollhouse. She certainly didn’t echo the enthusiasm of a fellow contestant who saw the kids from afar and exclaimed, “Oh my God! I’m so excited! I love children!” while running toward them.
The Bachelor is retreating to an extremely white, hyper-hetero comfort zone in which babies are the ultimate goal.
To be fair, that attitude is more in line with Clayton’s. In the first five minutes of the current season, the new Bachelor was twice moved to tears by the thought of raising a family. He introduced himself in the opening voiceover by saying, “I can’t wait to get married and have kids,” and later choked up while reading a letter from a child predicting that he will “have lots of kids.”
Clayton is nothing if not sincere, but there’s probably a reason the producers picked someone like him in the first place — and why they’re emphasizing childrearing so much this early. After years of controversy over racism in the franchise, culminating in the departure of ex-host Chris Harrison — and after more recent flirtations with progressive casting including the first same-sex engagement, a (gasp!) 39-year-old Bachelorette, and several leads of color — The Bachelor is retreating to an extremely white, hyper-hetero comfort zone in which babies are the ultimate goal.
I used to wonder whether the horror novel I wrote satirizing Bachelor-style shows would be outdated by the time it comes out later this year, but if anything, this season has felt ripped out of time in the worst way.
Cassidy’s storyline especially has highlighted double standards that should be long dead by now. Clayton himself recently addressed viral TikToks about his dating history by saying that he “enjoyed [his] singleness” for “the last six years of my life.” This is the same Bachelor who confronted Cassidy on Monday night’s episode about allegedly “seeing someone up until the point that you came here,” as though she were beholden to him before then. Hookups for me but not for thee?
Presented in the weird logic of the show, you’d almost forget that Cassidy is one of 30 women Clayton dated simultaneously — and that, in season previews, the Bachelor will later admit to being “intimate” with two contestants. Somehow that behavior is more “for the right reasons” than having casual sex with someone before filming even began?
Cassidy may be off the air now, but her brief run was telling. This throwback edition of The Bachelor needed a villain, and the producers chose a confident woman with a history of casual dating who said “F*ck a dollhouse” on camera. It’s probably a bad sign when someone that refreshing doesn’t make it to the second rose ceremony.
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Everything You Need to Know About the UK Government’s COVID Inquiry
On May 12, 2021, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced an independent public inquiry into the government’s response to and handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. Established under the Inquiries Act 2005, the COVID Inquiry will examine the government’s “actions as rigorously and candidly as possible,” according to the Prime Minister, and will aim to “learn every lesson for the future.” It will do so by summoning the production of documents and witnesses to give evidence under oath in order to examine the government’s response to the pandemic.
Rt Hon Baroness Heather Hallett DBE will act as Chair of the inquiry, which is set to begin “sometime in spring 2022”. In the meantime, here’s everything you need to know about the COVID Inquiry and what we can expect from the process.
How Will The COVID Inquiry Work?
According to BBC News, the Chair of the Inquiry can call whoever they want to give evidence, “whether they are witnesses to an event or people with particular expertise.” As barristers’ chambers Doughty Street Chambers notes, witnesses to an event will be asked to give evidence of their experience or direct knowledge of what took place. They speak on behalf of an organisation, like the NHS or the police.
Evidence sessions will be given in public and under oath, per BBC News, and most sessions will be available to watch on TV and online. There’s no time limit to the inquiry either, and they can often take years due to the “huge amount of evidence that needs to be read.”
What Will Be Included In The COVID Inquiry?
The exact aims, issues, and remits included won’t be announced until closer to the start of the inquiry, but the Prime Minister has said his government would work closely with the devolved administrations and governments in Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland before setting out what exactly will be included in the inquiry itself.
Shortly after announcing that an inquiry would take place, the Prime Minister told MPs that the inquiry would consider his government’s handling of the pandemic before the first lockdown in March 2020, per The Guardian. As for other issues, law firm BDB Pitmans suggests that the higher death rate in general, especially among ethnic minority groups, will be a major point of contention, as well as the government’s “procurement processes” of contracts awarded during the pandemic.
What Issues Have Been Raised Around The COVID Inquiry?
Following the publication of a report by the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI), it’s vital that the voices of undocumented migrants are properly heard during the COVID inquiry. The report found that the UK “lagged far behind other European countries” in protecting undocumented migrants during the pandemic.
Caitlin Boswell, author of the report and policy officer at JCWI, said in a statement that if the government “wants to learn lessons” from this inquiry and “fully recover from the pandemic”, it needs to “stop prioritising its anti-immigration agenda above saving lives.” An anti-immigration agenda which is more commonly known as the Hostile Environment.
The term “Hostile Environment” is used by many to describe a set of policies that are intended to block undocumented migrants from using public services like the NHS and the police, as well as making work and housing inaccessible; effectively making life as difficult as possible.
Boswell added that the government “must listen to migrants’ voices, including those who’ve lost status, and ensure that in the future, no-one has their life put at risk because of their immigration status.” Boswell concluded that in “doing so will not only protect the most marginalised, it will help protect all of us.”
People With Disabilities
Sense, a charity which focuses on complex disabilities, has also called for the government to take the experiences of disabled people and their families into account. As the charity notes, 6 out of 10 people in the UK who have died from COID are disabled, despite making up 22 per cent of the general population.
“Decision-makers did not engage with us, our needs were often overlooked and communications were largely inaccessible,” Fazilet Hadi, Head of Policy for Disability Rights UK, explained. “Health bodies treated our lives as less valued, disabled people receiving social care were inadequately protected, some disabled children were denied education and support, and supermarkets failed to ensure that we could access food.”
There is yet to be a date announced or confirmed for the COVID Inquiry.
Original Source: bustle.com
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