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Departmental Equality

Volume 473: debated on Monday 17 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what conclusions her Department has reached in fulfilment of the duty under section 3.111 of the statutory code of practice of the disability equality duty. (190675)

We plan to publish the Race, Disability and Gender Equality Scheme progress report later this spring 2008.

The evidence received to date shows that Home Office has been working with other Government Departments to combat disability blue badge theft, fraud and misuse. Much work has been undertaken to involve a wide range of organisations, such as Mencap, Voice UK, The Anne Craft Trust, and Age Concern, whilst developing the Crime Strategy. The Home Office has also achieved the RNIB “See it Right with UseAbility” accreditation. The Interview Office Network premises have all undergone rigorous consultation with focus groups to ensure that all premises meet Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) requirements.

Reasonable adjustments are made for staff under the Home Office Access to Work scheme. Guidance on the scheme is made available to all staff to ensure that the necessary adjustments are made.