(DRC) were published today.
Laying the report before parliament, secretary of state for work and
'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
'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'.
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