The government is consulting on its plans to improve disabled people’s lives, as a new Equality and Human Rights Commission report accuses it of making “slow progress” in making changes. The government’s Disability Action Plan sets out “concerted actions” each government department is planning in 2023-24.
The plan includes:
- £14.5 million investment to make national parks, trails, forests, and coastlines more accessible
- 33 more special free schools and training for 5,000 early year special educational needs co-ordinators (SENCOs)
- Publication of an accessibility audit of all railway stations by the end of 2024
There are also plans to allow carers to ask for flexible working from day one of their employment.
Ministers say the public consultation represents the listening stage in planning. The consultation closes on 6th October.