Equalities legislation is vital

untitled (31)As Nigel Farage twists in the wind attempting to explain his own views about racial or nationalist equality it is vital for the rest of us to continue to focus on all of the areas included within the 2010 equality act. The company I work for designs and fits induction loops for buildings so that those who build or operate the buildings can conform to the expectations of the equality act. I recall how when the 1995 Disability Discrimination Act became law, that many churches struggled to comply with it during the period allowed for reasonable adjustments to be made, building ramps and having loop systems fitted. It was a pleasant discovery for me when a few years ago someone who is deaf and relies on hearing aids to participate in many activities that I take for granted explained that in their opinion churches were some of the best equipped spaces from the point of view of hearing loops.

Although the equality Act 2010 follows on from the 1995 and 2005 DDA, it is interesting that several public sector organisations are only just carrying out thorough surveys to discover what provision they have made for loop systems in their buildings and what they would need to do to comply in a meaningful manner with the 2010 Act and its antecedents. Last month we were approached by a West Sussex NHS Trust to participate in their own review, and yesterday we were awarded the tender to carry out the same form of review on behalf of Surrey County Council. We know that Brighton & Hove City Council have already carried out something similar (although we were not involved). Whether these cases are the front runners or the lagards (I suspect the former) it is clear that we must not allow the current Political debate to distract us from fulfilling laws that are eminently relevant to large numbers of people of all nationalities and races. At the beginning of 2015 with such reviews being begun its not as though this legislation is past its best is it!


About ianchisnall

I have a passion to see public policy made accessible everyone who want to improve the wellbeing of their communities. I am interested in issues related to crime and policing as well as in policies on health services and strategic planning.
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