On April 8th 2010 the new Equality Act: 2010 was given the Royal Assent.
From October 2010 the first stages of the Act will be enacted and DDA: 1995 and 2005 will be superseded.
All of the provisions of the Disability Discrimination Act have been enshrined in this new Equality Act of 2010, with some strengthening of disability rights in certain respects.
The Equality Act 2010 provides a new cross-cutting legislative framework to protect the rights of individuals and advance equality of opportunity for all; to update, simplify and strengthen the previous legislation; and to deliver a simple, modern and accessible framework of discrimination law which protects individuals from unfair treatment and promotes a fair and more equal society.
The provisions in the Equality Act will come into force at different times to allow time for the people and organisations affected by the new laws to prepare for them. The Government is considering how the different provisions will be commenced so that the Act is implemented in an effective and proportionate way.
“Reasonable adjustment” and or “the removal pf physical barriers” is required by law and the underlying intention of the Equality Act is to increase dramatically the opportunities for people of all abilities to enjoy and participate fully in the benefits of work, sport, education and leisure.