The Equality Act 2010 strengthens and reinforces the requirements of the Disability Discrimination Act 2005 (DDA).
The Equality Act 2010 strengthens and reinforces the requirements of the Disability Discrimination Act 2005 (DDA). These requirements aim to protect disabled people and prevent disability discrimination.
The Act provides legal rights for disabled people in various areas, including 'Access to goods, services, facilities and premises'. It provides rights for people not to be discriminated against:
- accessing everyday goods and services, e.g. shops
- buying or renting property
- accessing or becoming a member of a private club
- accessing the functions of public bodies
The Act also places a duty on the public sector to promote the equality of opportunity for disabled people and to eliminate discrimination. Public bodies need to review their policies, practices, procedures and services to make sure they do not discriminate against disabled people. Public bodies also have to produce action plans on how they intend to meet their duties and review their progress annually.
How William Martin can help
We have substantial experience in the property and accommodation issues relating to disability. Two of our senior directors are regularly approached to act as expert witnesses to the legal profession and insurance industry, providing advice in cases of severe disability and personal injury.
Our services include:
- strategic advice for whole portfolios or single proprieties
- full DDA audits to assess compliance
- advice on design proposals
- managing any works
- planning and procurement advice
- advising on new developments
We are also able to record our surveys using mobile computers and upload the results to a central database using web-based technology. This allows clients with large property portfolios to have easy access to the results and extensive management information reports.
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