Delyn MP David Hanson has welcomed The Disability Rights Commission’s Annual Report and Accounts 2006-2007 which demonstrate the Commissions extensive achievements in a landmark year.
The last twelve months have been a milestone year for the commission with wide ranging provisions of the Disability Discrimination Act 2005 on transport and the establishment of a Disability Equality Duty on all public bodies coming into effect.
The Disability Rights Commission was established by the Disability Rights Commission Act 1999 to work towards the elimination of discrimination against disabled people; promote equal opportunities; encourage good practice and keep the working of the Disability Discrimination Act and the DRC Act under review. The Commission opened for business in April 2000 and will close when the Commission for Equality and Human Rights (CEHR) becomes operational in October this year.
The Commission for Equality and Human Rights, established by the Equality Act 2006, will promote equality and tackle discrimination on the grounds of disability, gender, race, sexual orientation, age and religion or belief and from the start will take on the work of three commissions – the Disability Rights Commission, Equal Opportunities Commission and the Commission for Racial Equality. The CEHR’s remit will include promoting and protecting human rights.
David Hanson said:
“The Disability Rights Commission is a major force in ensuring legislation delivers real equality for disabled people.
“Last year’s wide-ranging achievements have included undertaking substantial activity to promote awareness of the Disability Equality Duty, and ensure that public bodies understand their duties to put equality for disabled people into effect.
“The Disability Equality Duty is part of the Disability Discrimination Act 2005and contains four key elements. These include the requirement for public sector organisations to eliminate unlawful disability discrimination and disability-related harassment; promote equality of opportunity for disabled people; promote positive attitudes; and encourage disabled people to take part in public life.
“The Commision has worked hard to ensure that disability rights remain central to the work of the new Commission for Equality and Human Rights and should be proud of its achievements in helping to make a fairer and more equal society.”