Disability Discrimination Act 2005

The Disability Equality Duty laid out in this act will require the public sector to actively promote disability equality, and is similar to the duty to promote race equality under the Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000. This is a positive duty, which builds in disability equality at the beginning of the process, rather than make adjustments at the end. It will bring about a shift from a legal framework which relies on individual disabled people complaining about discrimination to one in which the public sector becomes a proactive agent of change.

Key public bodies will be required to produce Disability Equality Schemes and action plans and to report annually on the outcomes and improvements they have achieved through these actions.

The Regulations partially consolidate provisions in relation to providers of services. In addition, these Regulations make provision in relation to public authorities, which arises out of new duties on public authorities carrying out their functions, introduced into the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 by the Disability Discrimination Act 2005.