Businesses lobby for access 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 of British Industry have set out their
suggestion in a joint letter to the paymaster general.

Under part three of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995,
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 given 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 Massie.

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