Fears raised that schools will not be covered by disability bill

    Fears that schools may not be covered by a major duty in the
    Disability Discrimination Bill were raised at Community
    Live Children and Families, writes Amy

    Speaking at a workshop session, Philippa Russell, a commissioner
    at the Disability Rights Commission, said that she was concerned
    that the bill may not consider schools to be ‘public
    bodies’ making them exempt from its ‘public sector

    She said that there was currently a “big debate”
    going on about whether schools needed to be public bodies, in terms
    of the bill, or whether they were already covered by accessibility
    planning regulations under the Disability Discrimination Act.

    The bill states that under the ‘public sector duty’
    public bodies that carry out services must avoid ‘less
    favourable outcomes’ for disabled people.

    Russell concluded by highlighting that the policy was still just
    a proposal at bill stage and not yet an act.

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