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New government Disability Action Plan aims to make UK the most accessible place in the world

The UK Government has launched its new Disability Action Plan, which outlines 32 steps it is taking to make the UK “the most accessible place in the world” for disabled people.

Some of the Disability Action Plan actions and pledges include publishing research into the accessibility of private sector products and services in spring 2024; a new working group to educate businesses on the legal rights of assistance dog owners and make it simpler to report when they are refused access to a business; and new research into emerging issues affecting disabled people in the UK over the next 20 years.

Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work, Mims Davies MP, said: “We are building on this government’s really strong track record of supporting and delivering for disabled people by using their key feedback to deliver vital, everyday changes to their lives and we have listened to their asks and are truly determined to deliver on them.

“This new wide ranging plan means disabled children can rightly enjoy the fun of the playground, disabled customers can use the services they’re entitled to and businesses who break laws around assistance dogs will be firmly held to account amongst other impactful changes.

“I look forward to seeing the immediate impact of the Disability Action Plan while we deliver on long-term reforms to make this country the most accessible and importantly equal place to live in the world – so everyone can live their lives to the full and thrive.”

The Disability Action Plan sits alongside the National Disability Strategy, which outlines the government’s long-term vision for transforming disabled people’s lives for the better.

Chair of the Disability Unit East Midlands Regional Stakeholder Network, Justin Donne, commented: “As a firm believer in inclusive and participatory decision-making, I have been honoured to witness the profound impact of the Disability Unit’s genuine engagement with disabled individuals and organisations during the consultation process.

“This collaborative approach not only amplifies the voices of those directly affected but also ensures that our policies and initiatives are truly reflective of diverse perspectives and needs.

“The invaluable insights shared have undoubtedly enriched our efforts towards creating a more accessible and equitable society for all.”