Disability discrimination

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  • This page highlights some of the current parliamentary material available on disability discrimination. This includes select committee reports, briefing papers on current legislation and other subjects produced by the parliamentary research services, and the latest Early Day Motions put down by MPs.

    Commons Briefing Papers

    12.08.2016Assistance dogs: issues
    Assistance and guide dog owners can face discrimination when seeking to use services such as taxis and restaurants. This is prohibited by the Equality Act 2010. There have been calls for more action to tackle the issue.
    08.07.2016Social security benefits for older people with mobility needs
    Both Disability Living Allowance and Personal Independence Payment (which is replacing DLA) provide help with the extra costs disabled people face when getting around. The DLA or PIP mobility component can continue to be paid indefinitely, but there is an upper age limit of 65 for new claims. This means that some older people cannot get benefits for mobility needs and cannot access linked schemes such as Motability.
    26.04.2016Learning Disability - policies and issues
    House of Commons Library briefing on policies and services for people with a learning disability in England.
    14.04.2016Access to transport for disabled people
    This paper explains the legislative frameworks that apply to public transport passengers with disabilities or reduced mobility.
    10.02.2016The UN Inquiry into the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in the UK
    The UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is conducting an inquiry into the impact of the UK Government's policies on people with disabilities in relation to their human rights obligations. This briefing paper provides information on the Committee, details of the inquiry and an overview of the Government's policies in relation to people with disabilities.
    02.12.2015Disabled access to goods, services and facilities
    This House of Commons Library Briefing Paper provides an overview of the duties owed by providers of goods, services and facilities to ensure that they do not discriminate against disabled people in accessing these goods, facilities and services.
    12.06.2014Changes to the Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA)
    This note gives a brief overview of the Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA) and outlines proposed changes to the grant
    22.05.2014The Public Sector Equality Duty and Equality Impact Assessments
    This note provides an overview of the public sector equality duty, contained in section 149 of the Equality Act 2010, and Equality Impact Assessments.
    23.12.2013Housing Benefit: under-occupation in the private rented sector
    This note explains issues around the application of the size criteria to people under-occupying their homes in the private rented sector and who are in receipt of Housing Benefit.
    18.12.2013Disabled facilities grants (DFGs)
    Disabled facilities grants (DFGs). By Wendy Wilson. SN/SP/3011. This note provides an overview of entitlement to disabled facilities grants and the process by which they are funded.


    07.01.2015Parity of Esteem for Mental Health
    This note looks at the history of and recent developments in efforts to achieve parity of esteem between mental and physical health in care standards .
    25.03.2013Accessing Public Transport
    This POSTnote looks at the current barriers to and future opportunities for improving the accessibility of the public transport system.
    25.10.2012Mental Health and the Workplace
    This note summarises how the workplace affects mental health and vice versa.
    22.05.2012POSTnote 411 ICT for Disabled People
    Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) underpin many aspects of modern living, so for the 10 million disabled people in the UK access to ICT is an important factor in their quality of life. This POSTnote summarises the issues that disabled people face in using ICT and looks at progress towards achieving equivalent access to services for disabled and non-disabled users.

    Select Committee Reports

    31.03.2009UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities:
    Human Rights Joint Select Committee report [Commons and Lords]
    04.03.2009UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
    Government response. Department for Work and Pensions; Human Rights Joint Select Committee report [Commons and Lords]
    16.12.2008The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
    Human Rights Joint Select Committee report [Commons and Lords]

    Early Day Motions

    That this House expresses concern that a recent survey has found that only one in six public service providers has an acceptable standard of hearing loop provision for the two million ...
    10.01.2012UNIQUE KIDS
    That this House notes that Unique Kids was established as a charity in 2009; further notes that it provides play and social activities for children with disabilities through an after ...
    That this House congratulates Heriot-Watt University on becoming the first in Scotland to offer a full-time MA in British Sign Language (BSL); notes with concern that there are only ...
    That this House congratulates the Disabled Persons Railcard (DPRC) on achieving 30 years of continued growth and welcomes the encouragement the railcard has given to disabled people ...
    That this House notes the findings of the report produced by the campaign organisation Every Disabled Child Matters and the Children's Trust which calls for action to ensure that the ...


    • Commons Briefing Papers (CBP) Papers providing in-depth and impartial analysis on every major piece of primary legislation and on other topics of public and parliamentary concern. Regular statistics papers are also published.
    • Early Day Motions (EDMs) - formal motions submitted by MPs in the House of Commons
    • POSTnotes (POST PN) - proactive four-page policy briefings from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology based on reviews of the research literature, interviews with stakeholders and peer review, commissioned by the POST Board
    • Lords Library Notes (LLN) - authored publications by the research section of the House of Lords Library that provide analysis of Bills, subjects for debate in the House and other issues of interest to Members.
    • Select Committee Reports - papers produced by all select committees of both Houses