Government concerned at evidence of the inaccessibility of the British high street to disabled people
The Minister of State for Disabled People is urging shops and restaurants to improve their accessibility.
The Minister of State for Disabled People is urging shops and restaurants to improve their accessibility, as evidence has emerged that thousands of public places have barriers in place that make it difficult for disabled people to lead ordinary lives.
The news comes as Britain’s 12 million disabled people begin their Christmas shopping and head out to celebrate the festive season with their work colleagues and friends.
Accessibility experts DisabledGo visited every one of the 30,000 venues in person to assess them. They found a fifth of shops excluded wheelchair users, only a tiny proportion of restaurants and shops have hearing loops and three quarters of dining establishments do not cater for those with visual impairments. When they contacted leading chains direct to gather extra information only a tiny proportion responded, with only 4% of 105 national retailers replying.
Source: Gov.uk weekly digest bulletin 14 December 2014