Rights Commission: Businesses Continue To Fail On Access
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
January 5, 2006
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND--Scotland's Disability Rights Commission is actively pursuing legal action against pubs, restaurants, shops and health clubs that have not removed access barriers to people with disabilities.
According to a story in Wednesday's The Scotsman, the DRC claims that many retail and leisure businesses have failed to comply with accessibility requirements in the United Kingdom's 1995 Disability Discrimination Act, the most recent of which came into affect in October 2004.
A spokesperson for the charity Capability Scotland noted that some of the major offenders are multi-national corporations and major banks "who seem to take little notice of the laws."
"Two-thirds of the calls we get to our help-line are related to problems of access," DRC Scotland's Carol Stewart told The Scotsman. "It is a real problem and companies must make changes."
"Failing our disabled people" (The Scotsman)
Disability Rights Commission - Scotland