‘Depression clause must remain in bill’

    People with depression will fall though the safety net meant to be
    offered by the Disability Discrimination Bill unless an amendment
    to it passed earlier this month is retained, campaigners warned
    this week.

    The amendment, which was passed in the bill’s report stage in the
    House of Lords, gives people with depression greater protection
    against discrimination under the Disability Discrimination Act
    1995.

    Richard Brook, chief executive of mental health charity Mind, said
    that the bill as it was first published would have meant that
    people who had suffered depression in the past would continue to be
    excluded from the act unless their condition lasted more than 12
    months.

    The amendment means that people with a history of depression should
    always be treated as if it was likely to recur, providing they had
    had a previous episode of debilitating depression for six months or
    more within the past five years.

    Paul Farmer, director of public affairs at mental health charity
    Rethink, said that the newly termed bill would send out a much
    clearer message to employers who were confused about where to draw
    the line on disability.

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