but they cannot get money until 2005, BBC Radio Four's Today programme
reported this morning.
to wheelchairs by 2004 but there are currently no grants available to help
village halls pay for the works, Today reported.
Norman Lamb, Liberal Democrat MP for North Norfolk, said he was told by the
Department of Culture, Media and Sport that the next funding round for
village halls would not be until 2005-06.
But Maria Eagle, minister for disabled people, told Today that no village
halls should close because of the new legislation. 'The law takes into
account the nature of the organisation and its resources', she said.
'Adjustments are not as difficult and expensive as many people think'.
She advised communities that are worried about their halls to contact the
Disability Rights Commission.