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Yes it has come to that, Disabled People are being denied access to online shopping no matter how long they have been shopping online it is no longer being seen as a reasonable adjustment.  And the supermarkets are telling in some cases extremely vulnerable people (to being exploited or taken advantage of) to get people they may not really know to do their shopping for them. 

https://www.disabilitynewsservice.com/coronavirus-supermarkets-face-mass-legal-action-over-discrimination/

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5 hours ago, onsenseal said:

I'm not in the UK, but home deliveries here went from same-day delivery to taking weeks on average if they have any free slots at all...

In the U.K. you are only getting access to online delivery if you are elderly or at very high risk from Coronavirus,  hence housebound disabled are missing out, as well as those who have no help, that is why it is looking like legal action is being taken. 

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In the USA I could get food delivered same or next day right before the corona virus hit. Then it went to 1-2 weeks to get a delivery. Now it varies, I got same day delivery a few days ago but sometimes delivery takes 1-2 weeks. A lot of retailers use the Instacart service to handle deliveries, so it is really Instacart making the delivery. I've set up deliveries for several weeks for just the basics, I can always cancel a delivery if I find I don't need to restock that week or add more. 

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I have a laid off family member looking to make money. I told her I’m willing to pay her to shop for me. I’d pay for delivery anyway and a few dollars under the table would help her. I have to work out the details but if you trust someone you know and can work it out, could work for some people. It’s really gotten hard to get delivery and items on the list may be sold out. One thing a friend does is subscribe to a service called Imperfect Produce, or maybe Ugly Produce, there are variations many places, like CSAs, they deliver imperfect looking produce and often you can also get dairy products and a few other items from them. I personally don’t use them but friends have had good luck being able to get food that way. Also here some restaurants that are deli-like are selling some grocery type items by delivery. I don’t know what’s available where you are but maybe someone can benefit.  

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Not that simple. We have no instacart style delivery service, it is the supermarkets Doing their own delivery.  However the U.K. law also implies that reasonable adjustments have to maintain a persons independence.   
Also it is not exactly a good idea for a person who is extremely vulnerable to being taken advantage of to ask anyone else to do their own shopping. 
 

This is not about a general struggle to get groceries the whole problem in the U.K. is the denial of a access to a service that is still being run and no alternative Reasonable adjustment being offered. 

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If someone is vulnerable and it’s unwise to ask someone, then no, that’s not what I had in mind. But for some in the right circumstances it could work. The produce delivery is a sort of subscription where people who are farmers or growers sell direct to indiduals usually every week or two. Sounds like that might not exist where you are ir be of any help anyway. Denying necessary services seems wrong, I hope that can be sorted out. I don’t know how someone is supposed to work around that. 

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1 hour ago, sugarsugar said:

If someone is vulnerable and it’s unwise to ask someone, then no, that’s not what I had in mind. But for some in the right circumstances it could work. The produce delivery is a sort of subscription where people who are farmers or growers sell direct to indiduals usually every week or two. Sounds like that might not exist where you are ir be of any help anyway. Denying necessary services seems wrong, I hope that can be sorted out. I don’t know how someone is supposed to work around that. 

We already have milk delivery and organic veg delivery services.  They are oversubscribed now plus it is at a point in the year they struggle with veg too. It is just the supermarkets, the legal teams are trying to work with the government as well as the supermarkets at the moment. 

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