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THE DISABILITY RIGHTS COMMISSION - A YEAR OF ACHIEVEMENT

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The annual report and accounts of the Disability Rights Commission ...
The annual report and accounts of the Disability Rights Commission

(DRC) were published today.

Laying the report before parliament, secretary of state for work and

pensions Andrew Smith said:

'This Annual Report demonstrates the commission's many achievements

in the last year, not least in their raising awareness of the

Disability Discrimination Act (DDA).'

Maria Eagle, minister for disabled people, commented:

'The DRC has done a great job during its very busy fourth year. It

has raised awareness of people's rights and responsibilities under

the DDA, drafted codes of practice, published its review of the DDA

and completed its first formal investigation which was into website

accessibility.

'The commission has also provided a range of quality services to an

increasing number of people. Their Helpline responded to 120,000

enquiries, their caseworker service handled 1,384 cases and the

commission supported some 50 legal cases'.

Notes

1. The Annual Report is presented to Parliament pursuant to

para.16(3) of Schedule 1, and the Accounts, pursuant to para.15(2) of

Schedule 1 to the Disability Rights Commission Act 1999.

2. From 1 October, anyone providing a service to the public needs to

tackle physical barriers to disabled people accessing their services.

In addition, small employers will for the first time have the same

duties towards disabled staff as larger firms. This means not

discriminating against employees or potential employees on grounds of

disability and making reasonable adjustments to the workplace.

3. The Disability Rights Commission's website can be found at

www.drc-gb.org

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