Businesses lobby for tax breaks

Tax breaks are being proposed for businesses to help them with
the costs of improving access to premises for disabled people.

The Disability Rights Commission and a coalition of business
groups led by the Confederation for British Industry have set out
their suggestion in a joint letter to the paymaster general.

Under part three of the Disability Discrimination Act,
businesses need to make their services accessible to disabled
people, which for many will mean adapting existing premises.

The DRC believes that these changes will be made more quickly if
businesses are encouraged with tax breaks.

“From 2004 many businesses will need to be making their
buildings accessible for disabled customers and tax incentives for
companies making such provision will significantly help offset the
initial costs of this,” explained DRC chairperson Bert

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