Delivering Disability Equality in the UK


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A presentation delivered by Tim Cooper, Director of the Office for Disability Issues, to a seminar hosted by the Indian National Human Rights Commission on 14 January 2011.

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Delivering Disability Equality in the UK

  1. 1. <ul><li>Delivering Disability </li></ul><ul><li>Equality In The UK </li></ul>Tim Cooper, Director Office for Disability Issues
  2. 2. Delivering Disability Equality In The UK <ul><li>1. Disability in the UK </li></ul><ul><li>2. Political Context </li></ul><ul><li>3. Rights Framework </li></ul><ul><li>4. Case Studies: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Welfare Reform </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Co-Production </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Personalisation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Attitudes </li></ul></ul><ul><li>5. Web Links </li></ul>
  3. 3. “ We want disabled people to have a great start to life, with equal access to education and play. ……to find work, have interesting careers and access to training. ……to have equality in their everyday lives, getting around on public transport, living in housing that meets their needs and accessing goods and services. ……to enjoy their Social lives, have family and friends and serve the community. We want all this and much more” UK Government: Roadmap to Disability Equality, December 2009 Disability Equality Means……….
  4. 4. A Disabled Person: General definition in Equality Act 2010: “A mental or physical impairment that has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on a person’s ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities”
  5. 5. 10 Million plus Disabled People 1 in 7 working age adults Employment ratio 48% v 78% 23% families in relative poverty Twice as likely not to hold qualifications 19% report unfair treatment at work Current Position In The UK
  6. 6. Coalition Government: Conservative / Liberal Democrat Managing financial deficit “Small Government Big Society”
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  8. 8. Old Way Something Should Be Done Produce Central Guidance Create a new target Look after the poor Set up a new agency Big Government to Big Society New Way Is this our problem? Trust the frontline Put users in charge Stop poor being poor use private / voluntary sector
  9. 9. Equality Act 2010 Disability Equality Duty (DDA 1995) UN Convention on Rights of Disabled People Disability Rights
  10. 10. Equality Act 2010 <ul><li>Disability is reflected in generic provisions covering other protected characteristics such as gender. But some provisions are specific to disability, e.g. the duty to make reasonable adjustments. </li></ul><ul><li>New principle to provide protection from indirect discrimination & by ‘association’ with a disabled person. </li></ul><ul><li>Duty to make Reasonable Adjustments. To avoid disabled people being at a substantial disadvantage compared with non-disabled people. </li></ul><ul><li>The new Equality Duty will require public authorities to pay due regard to the need to: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Eliminate discrimination, harassment or victimisation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Advance equality of opportunity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Foster good relations </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. UN Convention <ul><li>ODI - Focal point for UK Government </li></ul><ul><li>Equality & Human Rights Commission </li></ul><ul><li>United Kingdom Disabled People’s Council – Civil Society </li></ul>
  12. 12. Welfare Reform <ul><li>Benefits: </li></ul><ul><li>Universal Credit </li></ul><ul><li>Employment & Support Allowance </li></ul><ul><li>Participation & Independence Payment </li></ul><ul><li>Employment Support </li></ul><ul><li>Work Programme – mainstream programme </li></ul><ul><li>Work Choice - intensive support for disabled people </li></ul><ul><li>Access to Work – assists employers with costs of adjustments </li></ul>
  13. 14. Equality 2025 Independent Advisory Group Paid Chair & 9 other disabled people as members High level advice to Ministers and Senior officials ODI provides Secretariat Co-Production “Nothing About Us…Without Us” UN Convention Group United Kingdom Disabled People’s Council Independent NGO – controlled by disabled people Takes independent soundings, eg ‘Network of Networks’ Will produce ‘shadow’ report
  14. 15. Personalisation : Making the User the Customer Right to Control Regulation Developing the market Brokerage Personal Budgets Advocacy & Support Direct Payments
  15. 16. Changing Attitudes: 2012 Games <ul><li>Games Legacy: </li></ul><ul><li>Participation in Sport </li></ul><ul><li>Accessible Business </li></ul><ul><li>Perceptions of disabled people </li></ul>
  16. 17. <ul><li>Delivering Disability </li></ul><ul><li>Equality In The UK </li></ul>
  17. 18. Useful Web Links <ul><li>Office for Disability Issues: </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Equality2025: </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Right to Control/Personalisation </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  18. 19. Useful Web Links <ul><li>Equality & Human Rights Commission – UN Convention </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Government Equalities Office </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>United Kingdom Disabled People’s Council </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>