An example today from Sheffield Law Centre of their winning a disability discrimination case for a disabled client. The government has still not explained how there will be enough face to face advice in discrimination law advice across the UK if the telephone gateway comes in, to support such cases. It has still not carried out a public consultation on how discrimination is to operate after the bill comes in and has carried out no national public assessment of the need for legal advice in the new discrimination category.
There is still no explanation as to how discrimination cases will be able to be brought in employment, housing, goods and services and education cases. MPs and Lords need to be asking whether discrimination cases really will be properly covered under the Legal Aid bill and when clear information will be published about this.
"Wheelchair user wins City Hall access battle
Published on Thursday 29 March 2012 16:17
A DISABLED woman who threatened to sue Sheffield City Hall for breaching the Equality Act has agreed to drop the action after bosses improved access for wheelchair users.
Michelle Turner, aged 46, from Sharrow, who uses a wheelchair due to her multiple sclerosis, complained after her night out at a gig was spoilt because of access problems.
She struggled to get in to the Eddi Reader concert because stage crew vehicles were blocking dropped kerbs and access to outer doors.
She also had problems accessing the disabled toilet because it had been blocked off by a stack of speakers and the door was locked.
She had to find a member of staff who had to track down the key. Then she had to wait for the speakers to be moved and for another act to finish using the disabled toilet as a spare dressing room.
Michelle sought advice from Sheffield Law Centre because she thought the City Hall had breached the Equality Act 2010.
Staff also helped her put her case to the venue’s management. ................................"
Post by Douglas Johnson on Apr 2, 2012 22:14:43 GMT
Hey - thanks, peeps. It's always nice to get a good result where everyone gets something nice out of it. Better than being kept in a permanent state of ignorance through lack of ability to get the right legal information and advice.