‘No excuses’ for public sector on disability equality

Public sector employers have “no excuses” for ignoring the new code of practice on promoting disability equality, the government has warned.

The Duty to Promote Disability Equality requires public sector employers to produce a disability equality scheme to outline their policies, practices and procedures on disabled people.

Anne MacGuire, minister for disabled people, said public authorities now had the opportunity to plan ahead before the duty comes into force in December 2006.

“There is no excuse for not understanding what you have to do,” MacGuire told the audience at a Disability Rights Commission reception held to launch the code.

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