Call for government to live up to rhetoric

Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock MP Corri Wilson has called on the UK Government to ensure disabled people have better access to public spaces.

Ms Wilson’s comments were in reaction to the Equality and Human Rights Commission response to a House of Lords Select Committee report on the Equality Act 2010.

The report urged a new national focus on disability rights so that disabled people are no longer treated as “second class citizens”.

Ms Wilson said this week: “Disabled people should be treated with the utmost dignity and respect and, while huge progress has been made in ensuring that places like restaurants, theatres, concert venues and public transport are accessible there is so much more that needs to be done.

“It is vital that all the remaining provisions in the Equality Act 2010 are implemented – breaking down the barriers to disabled people accessing public events and leisure facilities is not only hugely beneficial for individuals, it has many benefits for businesses too.”

The SNP MP continued with some harsh words for the ruling party at Westminster.

“Disabled people have been badly let down by the Tories.

“They have arbitrarily slashed £30 a week from those who are unable to work through ill-health or disability.

“The UK Government should be ashamed that the UN has launched an investigation into UK violations of the UN Convention on Disability Rights.

“This Government must live up to their rhetoric and stand up for disabled people by implementing all remaining stages of the Equality Act as an absolute priority.”