One quarter (25%) of residents in Blackpool have a limiting long term illness. This means that they have a disability or a long-term health condition that has an impact on their day to day lives. People in these circumstances are likely to have rights under the Equality Act 2010.
The council has produced a Single Equality Scheme which is part of an overarching corporate equality and diversity vision, where the council aims to eliminate unlawful discrimination and to promote equal opportunities for all people. The purpose of the Single Equality Scheme for Disabled People is to promote access and equity so that all members of the community, including those with a disability, can use the services and facilities provided by Blackpool Council in its role as a community leader, purchaser, service provider, policy adviser, planner, regulator and equal opportunity employer.
The Equality Act 2010 outlaws the discrimination of disabled people in employment, the provision of goods, facilities and services or the administration or management of premises and imposes a positive duty on public bodies to promote equality for disabled people.
Access the Equality Act 2010 at Legislation.gov.uk
Further information can also be found at the Equality and Human Rights Commission website.