Government must ‘lead the charge’ in improving access

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A new report has called for the government to be more ambitious and lead the way when it comes to improving access and inclusion in the built environment.

The Women and Equalities Committee’s report was produced to advise the government on access improvements and has found many workplaces to be inaccessible and in need of accessibility solution installations.

MPs involved in the report said the Department for Communities and Local Government should deliver a coherent strategy for pushing for a more inclusive approach to the built environment.

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Maria Miller, committee chair, said: “The burden of ensuring that an accessible environment is achieved falls too heavily at present on individual disabled people – an approach which is neither morally nor practically sustainable.”

“Instead, we need a proactive, concerted effort by ‘mainstream’ systems and structures – including national and local government and built environment professionals – to take on the challenge of creating an inclusive environment. The government must be more ambitious.”

The report also advised that Changing Places toilet facilities should be made compulsory in public buildings. It has piled significant pressure on the government to do more to improve access and could mean a an increased demand for access solutions if politicians are convinced to provide funding.

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