Local Authorities: Disabled

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 30th April 2008.

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Photo of Mark Harper Mark Harper Shadow Minister (Work and Pensions)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether (a) town and (b) parish councils are considered public bodies for the purposes of disability discrimination legislation.

Photo of Anne McGuire Anne McGuire The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

Section 49A of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 places a statutory duty on every public authority, when carrying out its functions, to have due regard to the need to promote equality of opportunity for disabled people. Town and parish councils as part of our system of local government are public authorities for this purpose of this section.

Similarly, town and parish councils are also considered to be public authorities for the purposes of Sections 21B, 21D and 21E of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995, which make it unlawful for public authorities, in the carrying out of their functions, to discriminate against disabled people for a reason related to their disability and place a duty on them to make reasonable adjustments for disabled people.

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