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Discrimination: Disabled

Volume 489: debated on Friday 20 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 27 January 2009, Official Report, column 436W, on discrimination: disabled, which stakeholders he held meetings with; when each meeting was held; and if he will place in the Library a copy of the minutes of each meeting. (254962)

[holding answer 9 February 2009]: I met with a number of stakeholders at the largest consultation event, which was held in London on 11 December. I provided an introduction to the event and answered questions from the floor.

My officials held four consultation events, three in London and one in Edinburgh. The London events were held on 4, 11 and 15 December; the Edinburgh event was held on 9 December. Stakeholders were invited to attend and the consultation events were also publicised through the Office for Disability Issues website, the Office for Disability Issues newsletter (which reaches approximately 2,000 people), and via charities who raised the profile of the consultation through their own emails and websites. Following is a list which gives a selection of organisations which attendees came from. Notes were taken at each event and a summary will be included in the Government's response to the consultation, which is currently being prepared. A copy of the response will be placed in the Library on publication.

Informal meetings between officials and stakeholder groups have also taken place. Those stakeholder organisations with which informal discussions were held included the Equality and Human Rights Commission and the Disabilities Charity Consortium (DCC). The DCC is an informal coalition of charities made up of Leonard Cheshire Disability, Mencap, Mind, RNIB, RNID, RADAR, Scope, The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association and Sense. Minutes of these meetings were not taken due to their informal nature.

Alzheimer's Society

British Dyslexia Association

Cheshire Constabulary

Disability Voice Bromley

Equality 2025

Equality and Human Rights Commission

Guide Dogs for the Blind Association

Hearing Dogs for Deaf People


Leonard Cheshire Disability

London borough of Ealing

London borough of Hounslow

National AIDS Trust

National Deaf Children's Society

National Housing Federation

Public and Commercial Services Union


Spinal Injuries Association


Trade Union Disability Alliance


Unite The Union

IDS Employment Law Brief

Discrimination Law Association

Russell Jones and Walker

Wandsworth and Merton Law Centre

Addleshaw Goddard

Coventry Law Centre

The Law Society

Disability Law Service


One Essex Court Chambers

Birmingham Law Centre

London Probation


Goldsmiths, University of London

Future Inclusion

National Landlords Association

Employers' Forum on Disability

Disability Forward Limited