Deadline passes for public sector employers to implement disability rights schemes

About 45,000 public bodies come under a duty today to promote equality for disabled people, with those that fail to implement policies liable to face court action.

The Disability Equality Duty  is designed to ensure public sector organisations take into account disabled people’s needs in the planning and delivery of all of their services.

Bert Massie, who chairs the Disability Rights Commission, said: “Those who fail to meet their new legal duties risk facing us in court.”

By today, all must have published a disability equality scheme, including an action plan to promote equality, and must have involved disabled people in doing so.

The scheme must include a statement of how authorities will assess the impact of their policies on disabled people.

The Disability Rights Commission will begin scrutinising schemes tomorrow, Tuesday 5 December.

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