That Act of Parliament requires ministers of the Crown to, among other things, “have regard to the desirability of reducing socio-economic inequalities… to prohibit victimisation in certain circumstances; [and] to require the exercise of certain functions to be with regard to the need to eliminate discrimination and other prohibited conduct”.
It is the direct successor of the Disability Discrimination Act and, like that Act, requires service providers to make ‘reasonable adjustments’ for disabled people, such as providing extra help or making changes to the way they provide their services, and in relation to the physical features of their premises to overcome physical barriers to access.
I would say that anything requiring a disabled person to crawl into a government building is a “physical barrier to access”, wouldn’t you?
If the Conservative government is requiring people claiming benefits due to disability to carry out tasks which are impossible to them, because of that disability, then it is breaking the law and should be prosecuted accordingly.
Are any lawyers reading? How about it?
Disability campaigners have called on the Government to end “humiliating” benefit assessments after a disabled woman was forced to “crawl” up stairs to attend an appointment.
Maria Quinn, who is partially sighted and walks with the aid of a wheeled frame, described how she was left feeling “mortified and panicked” after finding there was no step-free access for her consultation at a disability benefits centre.
With her solicitor carrying her mobility aid and her sister holding her breathing equipment, Ms Quinn, 32, managed to enter the building on Glasgow’s Cadogan Street by “crawling up the two split-level stairs”.
She said she was refused the portable ramp which can be used to cover the entrance stairs as it was intended for wheelchairs only, and if she had returned to her flat to collect her chair she would have been late and missed the appointment.
“There is no ramp or flat entrance to the disability assessment building…that’s right folks! You read it correctly,” Ms Quinn wrote on Facebook.