On the issue of facilities for disabled people in West Lancashire, Rosie Cooper MP said:
“For too long disabled people have been getting a raw deal when it comes to the types of leisure facilities and services that are accessible and meet their needs. It must be our goal that all residents of West Lancashire have access to high quality facilities and services. I often find myself asking the question ‘why do people’s impairments continue to act as a barrier to making lifestyle choices'".
There is a strong commitment from the government to achieving disability equality as we see with the new Disability Discrimination Act 2005 and all the powers it carries. However, the key is using these new powers to secure a better deal for people with any type of impairment.
"I very much welcome the work already undertaken by West Lancashire District Council and Lancashire County Council in making the necessary and much needed changes to their buildings. But this is just the beginning. There is a lot more work to do until we can say disabled people get a fair deal."
"I am personally committed to working locally and nationally to achieve even greater progress on disability equality. It begins by changing buildings and ends when we have changed people’s attitudes.”
Recently Rosie wrote to Bill Taylor, Chief Executive of West Lancashire District Council, to ask a number of questions on how the council has been progressing on meeting the requirements to make ‘reasonable adjustments’ under the Disability Discrimination Act 1995. She will continue to closely monitor the council’s work on disability issues.