UK – The Prime Minister has been told new plans to tackle injustices faced by people with disabilities in the workplace, at home and in the community won’t amount to much unless she reforms universal credit.
Higher accessibility standards for new housing, an overhaul of statutory sick pay, and greater workplace support are part of renewed efforts to ensure people with disabilities can fully participate in society.
The Prime Minister has also announced a new cross-government disability team. This team will work closely with people with disabilities, disabled people’s organisations and charities to develop a new approach to disability, with their views and experiences at the forefront of any new policy.
“My determination to identify and tackle injustices, wherever they exist in society, remains as strong as ever. So I am proud to announce new measures to break down barriers faced by disabled people, whether in employment, housing or elsewhere.” said UK Prime Minister Theresa.
“We all have a crucial role – businesses, government and civil society – in working together to ensure that people with disabilities get the support they need, and go as far as their talents can take them.”
This could help deliver up to 300,000 new accessible and adaptable homes every year. Guidance will also be published to help councils meet current standards for accessible housing in England.