Posted: Tue 18th Jul 2023

UK Government proposes bold measures to improve lives of disabled people

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Tuesday, Jul 18th, 2023

The UK Government today announced an ambitious new Disability Action Plan, designed to significantly improve the lives of disabled people across the country.

The plan introduces practical measures aimed at ensuring businesses and local authorities meet the needs of disabled individuals and increase accessibility in all aspects of daily life.

Key initiatives outlined include: raising the profile of assistive technology, legislating mandatory disability awareness training for taxi and private hire drivers, and exploring the feasibility of Great Britain hosting the Special Olympics World Summer Games in 2031.

Tom Pursglove MP, Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work, emphasised that the Disability Action Plan will lay out practical measures to implement immediate improvements for disabled people.

“We want disabled people to be at the heart of decision-making and I would encourage anyone interested to respond to this consultation so the views of disabled people across the country are front and centre of our final Disability Action Plan,” said Pursglove.

This proposed plan comes on the heels of significant achievements over the last year on education, work, leisure, and rights for disabled people, including the passage of landmark legislation: the Down Syndrome Act and British Sign Language (BSL) Act.

The comprehensive plan seeks to ensure that over 2,000 miles of the King Charles III England Coast Path is accessible, whilst also dedicating an additional £1 billion for the education of children and young people with more complex needs.

The Government is inviting public participation in shaping the plan. The consultation will run for 12 weeks and is open for anyone to comment.

Louise Mckiernan, Chair of the Disability Unit West Midlands Regional Stakeholder Network, has encouraged as many disabled people, disability organisations and other interested parties to partake in this consultation exercise to ensure their voices are heard.

The Disability Action Plan forms a part of the UK Government’s National Disability Strategy, setting out a longer-term vision to improve disabled people’s lives for the better.

This initiative demonstrates the government’s commitment to inclusivity, accessibility, and progress for all citizens.

The government’s Disability Action Plan opens a new chapter in its drive to ensure that all people, regardless of their physical abilities, can lead enriched lives, with the freedom to work, shop, travel, and enjoy leisure activities unhindered.

This initiative marks a significant step forward in creating a more inclusive Britain.

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