|Obese people should be allowed to turn up for work an hour later says Government adviser: Professor Bevan, head of HR research at Institute for Employment Studies thinks obese workers should be allowed to turn up late and be protected under discrimination law, Christopher Snowdon, head of lifestyle economics at the Institute for Economic Affairs, said that idea was ludicrous. Obese people do actually have some protection under European worker discrimination law where obesity leads you to have physical, mental or psychological impairments, which could affect your work. Your employer should make reasonable adjustments in this case and you could make a claim for discrimination at an employment tribunal if adjustments are not considered or made.
No mention was made of encouraging obese people to get active. Disability Rights UK is committed to promoting greater activity and wellbeing for disabled people via our Get Yourself Active and Get Out Get Active programmes.
TransPennine Express to run rail services with no wheelchair spaces: As part of its franchise agreement with the Department for Transport, TransPennine Express (TPE) will introduce extra trains which will be inaccessible to wheelchair-users from July 2018. DR UK says this is one of many instances where we find disabled people treated as second class citizens on public transport. Recently we highlighted how Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) instructed staff not to attempt to place people of reduced mobility (PRMs) on a train if there is a possibility of delaying the service. We have also been waiting for over six years for the issue of wheelchair access on buses to be resolved. Read more
Bank closures affect 90 per cent of disabled customers says new report: New research by the All Party Parliamentary Group for Disability, based on the experience of disabled bank customers, shows overwhelmingly that the closure of physical bank branches is having an effect on disabled people and their access to banking services. Some disabled customers now have to travel for hours to reach an accessible branch, or have become more reliant on family members to take them to a branch. Read more
Removing barriers to starting or finishing apprenticeships: Disability Rights UK want you to tell us what reasonable adjustments might be required to help disabled people to achieve a successful and inclusive apprenticeship. Your views will help us when we meet the Minister for Skills Anne Milton MP, in early July. Responses wanted by 30 June. Find out more
Speaker’s Parliamentary Placement Scheme 2018-19: three additional placements, specifically for disabled people: We believe Parliament should be accessible to everyone. Supported by Disability Rights UK, The House of Commons is widening access by offering a nine month paid placement specifically for three disabled people who have the skills, passion and potential to work there, but who don’t have access to the traditional routes in. Deadline for applications is 9am Monday 11th June 2018.See more details about the scheme and how to apply
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