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Tracey Proudlock on September 7, 2013

The Minister Esther McVey calls on councils to smooth the way to accessible beaches. That gets my vote

The minister for disabled people has written to every local authority in England to try to persuade them to do more to make their tourist hotspots more accessible. Esther McVey said she wanted councils to ensure that disabled people could enjoy tourist areas such as beaches and countryside beauty spots....
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Liam Proudlock on August 23, 2013

McVey calls on councils to smooth the way to accessible beaches

The minister for disabled people has written to every local authority in England to try to persuade them to do more to make their tourist hotspots more accessible. Esther McVey said she wanted councils to ensure that disabled people could enjoy tourist areas such as beaches and countryside beauty spots....
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Liam Proudlock on August 2, 2013

Johnson’s humiliating climb-down after TV rail access blunder

London’s mayor Boris Johnson has had to perform a humiliating climb-down, after promising on live television that the seven inaccessible stations on London’s £15 billion Crossrail scheme would be made step-free. Johnson appeared to signal the sudden and major change of policy in an interview with disabled presenter Ade Adepitan,...
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Liam Proudlock on July 26, 2013

Mayor’s vision for London omits disabled people

London’s mayor has come under fire after he published an 84-page document detailing his “vision” for the capital over the next seven years, without mentioning disabled people once. The 2020 Vision report, written by Boris Johnson, details his “agenda for London”, or the steps London needs to be taking between...
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Liam Proudlock on October 5, 2012

New EHRC chair faces tough task to repair watchdog’s ‘damaged house’

The government’s choice to be the new chair of the equality watchdog faces a tough task to repair an organisation that is damaged almost beyond repair, according to the former chair of the Disability Rights Commission (DRC). The government announced this week that its “preferred candidate” to take over from...
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Liam Proudlock on September 2, 2012

London 2012: Disabled leader left ‘humiliated’ by opening ceremony treatment

A leading disabled activist was left “humiliated” and “incensed” after she was twice interrupted by London 2012 staff while watching the Paralympic Games opening ceremony to be told her guide dog was a health and safety hazard. Sue Bott, director of development for Disability Rights UK (DR UK), had been...
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Liam Proudlock on June 8, 2012

Mayor’s step-free access spending set to plunge to zero

The decision of London’s mayor to invest nothing in improving step-free access to the capital’s tube network for the next three years has been described as an “insult” to disabled and older people. Accessible transport campaigners have discovered a Transport for London (TfL) business plan which shows that investment in...
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Liam Proudlock on April 20, 2012

Websites suffer in comparison with decent access standards

Leading price comparison websites are ignoring their legal obligations to make their sites accessible to disabled people, according to a new report. The disability charity AbilityNet, which analysed the accessibility of five sites for its report, said disabled people should be a significant market for any retail website, because they...
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