Football: Disability

Department for Culture, Media and Sport written question – answered on 13th February 2017.

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Photo of John Mann John Mann Labour, Bassetlaw

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions her Department has had with the Premier League to ensure that football clubs not meeting disability access criteria make the necessary improvements.

Photo of Tracey Crouch Tracey Crouch The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport

I meet representatives from the Premier League on a regular basis to discuss a wide range of issues including progress on the pledge made by Premier League clubs to make their grounds more accessible to disabled spectators.

I have recently received the Premier League’s interim report on the progress made by Premier League clubs to meet their pledge on a number commitments to make the clubs’ stadia with accessibility standards by August 2017.

Ensuring sport is inclusive and accessible for spectators remains a priority, and I want to continue to see concerted action taken by clubs to fulfil their legal obligations towards disabled supporters. The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is the regulatory body responsible for enforcing the Equality Act 2010. The EHRC has powers to ensure service providers, including sports stadia, fulfil their legal obligations under the Act.

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