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DISABILITY RIGHTS COMMISSION BILL GETS ROYAL ASSENT

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Margaret Hodge, minister for disabled people today hailed the royal ...
Margaret Hodge, minister for disabled people today hailed the royal

assent of the Disability Rights Commission Bill as an historic

milestone.

Mrs Hodge said:

'This is a momentous and historic day for the eight million disabled

people who live and work in the UK. The Disability Rights Commission

will be open for business in April and will work towards securing

comprehensive and enforceable civil rights for disabled people. It

will promote equality of opportunities for disabled people. And it

will help employers and service providers to meet their requirements

under the law. Many people have campaigned for many years for a

strong, independent and well resourced Disability Rights Commission.

Today sees their hopes become a reality. It,s a triumph for them and

vital for disabled people in Britain'.

The DRC will:

* work towards eliminating discrimination against disabled people

* promote equal opportunities for disabled people

* provide information and advice particularly to disabled people,

employers and service providers

* prepare codes of practice and encourage good practice

* keep the working of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 under

review

* investigate discrimination and ensure compliance with the

law

* arrange for a conciliation service between service providers and disabled people to help disputes in regard to access to goods and

services

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