House of Lords to ask charities how Equality Act can be improved for the disabled


House of Lords-care industry newsUK disability charities will next week give their verdict on the disability provisions of the Equality Act 2010 to the House of Lords committee investigating the legislation.


The Committee on the Equality Act 2010 will hear on Tuesday 14 July from Disability Rights UK and the RNIB. The charities will be asked for their views on the effectiveness of the Act, how Government policy supports the legislation, and whether reasonable adjustments are being made where applicable.


The representatives from the charities are Liz Sayce, from Disability Rights UK, and Fazilet Hadi, from RNIB.


Questions that the committee is likely to put to the witnesses include:


  • Has the Equality Act 2010 been a success for disabled people?
  • What amendments would you make to the Act, if any?
  • Have there been any improvements for those you represent in comparison with the Disability Discrimination Act?
  • How does Government policy support the implementation of the Act?
  • What else could the Government do?
  • Do disabled people know their rights under the reasonable adjustment duties?
  • How effective has the Equality and Human Rights Commission been, especially in relation to compliance with the Act?


The evidence session will take place at 3.20pm, on Tuesday 14 July, in Committee Room 4a of the House of Lords


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