Coronavirus: Disabled People Face Discrimination From COVID Traffic Schemes

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By John Pring in Disability News Service.

 

Councils and other public bodies across England are failing to consult disabled people before approving “discriminatory” measures designed to aid social distancing and encourage cyclists and pedestrians, say campaigners.

They have warned that public bodies are ignoring their duties under the Equality Act, and are making life more difficult for disabled people, including wheelchair-users and those who are partially-sighted.

The changes are being introduced across the country under cover of the COVID-19 pandemic, using the crisis as an excuse not to consult with disabled people.

Critics say the measures are often rushed, poorly planned and discriminatory.

 

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