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Government secretly slashes funding for rail access improvements

Apr 07, 20140 CommentsBlog

The government has quietly slashed spending on a programme to improve access to rail stations by nearly 30 per cent, Disability News Service (DNS) can reveal. Network Rail this week published its new £38 billion plan for “delivering a better railway for a better Britain” over the next five years, with “more trains, more seats,… Continue Reading Government secretly slashes funding for rail access improvements

Government ducks challenge on accessible housing

Mar 24, 20140 CommentsBlog

The government has ignored calls to introduce tough new accessible housing standards. The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) announced its plans this week for a “radically simplified” system of standards in the design and construction of new homes. The aim is to reform England’s current jumble of building regulations, guidance, codes, and local… Continue Reading Government ducks challenge on accessible housing

Housing Standards Review – Responses

Mar 16, 20140 CommentsBlog

  Last year the government launched a consultation on proposed changes to the Housing Standards. A written  Ministerial Statement has been published setting out the outcome of that Review. In summary minimum access standards in Part M (Access to and use of buildings) will be retained. In addition, an optional level of accessibility will be introduced… Continue Reading Housing Standards Review – Responses

Disabled air passengers left with no protection from discrimination

Mar 14, 20140 CommentsBlog

  Disabled air passengers have been left with no protection from in-flight discrimination across Europe, thanks to a ruling from the UK’s Supreme Court.  The court ruled that international rules on air travel – the Montreal Convention – take precedence during flights over UK and European Union regulations on accessibility and discrimination. The ruling means… Continue Reading Disabled air passengers left with no protection from discrimination