LORDS

Accessibility in the built environment examined by Committee

24 November 2015

On Tuesday 24 November, the House of Lords Committee on the Equality Act 2010 and Disability explores the issue of accessibility in the built environment. The Committee puts questions to Government officials and senior figures from the world of housing law and disability support, as part of its wider inquiry into the Equality Act 2010 and how it impacts on disabled people.

Witnesses

Tuesday 24 November, Committee Room 4A, Palace of Westminster

At 3.20pm:

  • Bob Ledsome, Deputy Director, Building Regulations and Energy Performance, Department for Communities and Local Government
  • Justin Bates, Vice-Chair, Housing Law Practitioners Association
  • Rachel Smalley, expert in inclusive design and access for disabled people
  • Councillor Jonathan McShane, Cabinet Member for Health, Social Care and Culture, Local Government Association

At approximately 4.20pm:

  • Martin Phelps, Trustee and Treasurer, Lewisham Shopmobility Scheme

Likely topics

The first session covers areas such as legislation in relation to 'common parts', reasonable adjustments to housing provision, accessibility in new builds, and accessibility in public spaces.

The second session looks at the impact of the Equality Act 2010 on disabled people, the role of local authorities in planning projects and handling funding, and issues thrown up by regeneration.

Further information

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