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Disability Access

Volume 447: debated on Wednesday 14 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether any building in his Department falls short of disability access regulations. (73103)

The Department for Work and Pensions has reviewed the duties placed upon it under the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 to make reasonable adjustments to its premises to improve access to the public and for its staff.

The Department, through its property management and services partner LandSecurities Trillium, commissioned a survey of all its occupied buildings (approximately 1,500) to identify the need for public access improvement works. The resultant programme of works commenced in 2004 and was completed in March 2005 with the exception of approximately 55 Jobcentre Plus refurbishments projects that are due for completion by July 2006.

The existing arrangements are subject to annual review and any subsequent measures identified are scheduled through the annual buildings maintenance programmes conducted by LandSecurities Trillium.

Access improvements for members of staff are conducted on an ongoing basis as and when the need arises or is identified upon recruitment, transfer or when an existing condition deteriorates and further measures are required.