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Housing: Disabled

Volume 458: debated on Wednesday 14 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the (a) one-off and (b) recurring cost of implementing the Disability Discrimination (Providers of Services) (Adjustments of Premises) Regulations 2001 to (i) businesses and (ii) the regulators. (125603)

I have been asked to reply.

Any costs to businesses arising from these Regulations were taken into account in the assessment of the overall costs of implementing the new duty for service providers that came into force on 1 October 2004. This duty requires service providers to make reasonable adjustments to physical features of their premises in order to improve access for disabled people to their services.

The only costs that are likely to occur are where a service provider in leased premises is required to seek consent for an alteration to the premises. These are expected to be minimal. Other provisions in the Regulations set out circumstances in which a service provider is not required to make, or therefore incur the cost of, reasonable adjustments to a physical feature.

There will be no costs to regulators, since there is no regulator responsible for enforcing the reasonable adjustment duties of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995. Enforcement is by the individual disabled person who considers that he or she has been discriminated against by a service provider who fails to make a reasonable adjustment.