I attended an event in Parliament this week run by the charity Guide Dogs to raise awareness of discrimination against guide dog owners. I heard from guide dog owners about the impact of being turned away by businesses because of their dog. They also collected a Christmas card with messages highlighting Guide Dogs’ Access All Areas campaign.
It is against the law to refuse access to a disabled person accompanied by an assistance dog except in the most exceptional circumstances. However, a Guide Dogs survey found that three quarters of assistance dog owners reported that they had been refused entry by businesses. Read more “Supporting Guide Dogs charity in Parliament”
I have met with the Guide Dogs charity to discuss the impact of pavement parking / clutter on our streets and its impact for people with sight loss or other disabilities.
Pavement parking is a growing problem as more and more homes are built without off road parking meaning that car owners are parking on pavements. This is combined with streets which are becoming more cluttered with wheelie bins, road signs, traffic cones, and bicycles to name but a few. Read more “Supporting Guide Dogs campaign to end pavement parking”
This week I met up with the Guide Dogs charity. As many of you will know, I have long worked with and supported this important charity. They have been raising the profile of those who use assistance dogs and have ensured that MPs are equipped with all the information they need to hold the Government to account.
Recently, they have helped MPs redraft the Bus Services Act and I have been working with them on making sure that pavement parking is brought to an end. Obstacles on the pavements may be an inconvieniance to those without visual impairments, but for those with sight loss the blocking of pavements places them in danger: making people walk on the roads.
It is about time that Councils were given powers to fine those who park on pavements and the Government could be introducing a Bill to do so. I will continue to work with this vital charity as it helps a great number of people in Delyn.
I am currently at the Labour Party Annual Conference meeting with charities, businesses and pressure groups to discuss how best to overcome obstacles that they are facing.
One charity that I met was the Guide Dogs charity. I was contacted by a number of constituents requesting that he met with the Guide Dogs charity to discuss their current campaign to ensure people with sight loss are not excluded from using public transport or taxis. The two campaign are called ‘Access All Areas’ and ‘Talking Buses’. Read more “Pledging Support to Guide Dogs Charity Campaigns”