Friday, 12 January 2018

UK Government: We don't have to enforce disabled access.

Lord Shinkwin speaking in the House of Lords
The Lords at Westminster ignoring 3 of the UK's own access and equality laws, and the Human rights one.  The law exists only on paper, not in any legal terms.  Why would they need to consult disabled on their right to access when the law says they already have it ?  The declared war on deaf and disabled rights goes on.

A disabled Tory peer has accused his own government of insulting disabled people by rejecting the chance to improve access to pubs, clubs and restaurants.  Lord [Kevin] Shinkwin said his party was in danger of “disowning” the laws it introduced through the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) more than 22 years ago.  He was speaking during a Lords debate – a few days before Christmas – on the recommendations made by a committee of peers that had scrutinised the impact of the Licensing Act 2003.

One of the committee’s recommendations was a call for the UK government to follow the Scottish government in adopting a measure* that would force all licensed premises to produce a “disabled access and facilities statement” when applying for a licence to serve alcohol.  The statement would include details on access provisions, and any facilities the business had for use by disabled people.

The committee said in its report: “The provision by licensees of disabled access facilities does not impose on them a new obligation or financial burden, since this is no more than what they are already required to do by law.  “This requirement is a simple way of enforcing the law and ensuring that licensees comply with it.”

But when it responded to the committee’s report in November, the government said only that it would “consult disabled peoples’ organisations [DPOs] to understand better the extent of the problem”, and work with licensing enforcement officers and the licensed trade “to explore what practical measures can be taken”.