HOW WELL DO BUILDINGS COMPLY WITH ACCESSIBILITY UNDER THE EQUALITY ACT 2010?
A press release:
Lords Committee investigating the legislation to look at housing, shops and public spaces-
Next week, on Tuesday 24 November, the House of Lords Committee on the Equality Act 2010 and Disability will explore the issue of accessibility in the built environment.
The Committee will put questions to Government officials and senior figures from the world of housing law and disability support, as part of its wider inquiry into the Equality Act 2010 and how it impacts on disabled people.
The Committee will put questions, in its first session at 3.20pm, to:
· Bob Ledsome, Deputy Director, Building Regulations and Energy Performance, Department for Communities and Local Government
· Justin Bates, Vice-Chair, Housing Law Practitioners Association
· Rachel Smalley, expert in inclusive design and access for disabled people
The session will cover areas such as legislation in relation to ‘common parts’, reasonable adjustments to housing provision, accessibility in new builds, and accessibility in public spaces.
Then at approximately 4.30pm the Committee will put questions to:
· Martin Phelps, a Trustee and Treasurer of Lewisham Shopmobility Scheme.
The session will cover areas such as the impact of the Equality Act 2010 on disabled people, the role of local authorities in planning projects and handling funding, and issues thrown up by regeneration.
The evidence sessions will start at 3.20pm, on Tuesday 24 November, in Committee Room 4a of the House of Lords.