Disability Equality

We have been working towards continuity of compliance with the Equality Act (2010) and building on the work that has been carried out in previous years. We will be reporting on our compliance in our annual Equality, Diversity and Human Rights Report (website).

For more information on the differences between the DDA - Disability Discrimination Act and the Equality Act, please refer to the Office for Disability Issues (website).

The Council uses the Horsham and District Access Forum which has disabled people involved  to support in the development and delivery of the disability equality action plan within the Single Equality Scheme.

Local disability contacts and links

The Horsham and District Access Forum (website) is a useful forum to get access to and feedback from local disabled people.

In addition we work closely with HACVS (Horsham Area Council for Voluntary Service) and regularly liaise with local disability groups. If you are disabled or belong to a disability group and wish to be part of the Forum, please get in touch on equalities@horsham.gov.uk or telephone 01403 215574 (Text Relay calls welcome from deaf and speech impaired people).

The link below lists the range of organisations in the Horsham District that are part of the HACVS:

For information such as resources, video and blogs  for disabled young people, parents and families and people who work with disabled children go to the Reach Out website.

For sports and arts courses for children and young people with additional needs and their siblings go to the Aiming High page for disabled children and their families.

There are further disability related links in the bottom right hand side of this webpage.

The following disability related information has been taken from the "How Fair is Britain" Report (website) which has been published by the Equality and Human Rights Commission:

1. People with a disability or a long-term limiting illness, are generally less likely than those without, to say that they can influence local decisions.

2. Overall, around 1 in 5 people report a disability or limiting long-term illness (LLTI).

3. People with a disability or long-term illness are over twice as likely to report bullying or harassment in the workplace as non-disabled people.

4. Disabled people are also less likely than average to have a bank account, and people who have learning disabilities are much less likely to have one.

5. Over 1 in 4 of families with disabled people live below 60% median income: 29% of those with a disabled adult, 28% of those with a disabled child and 38% of those with both.

6. The parents of disabled children, meanwhile, provide care well in excess of other parents, and this has an accordingly greater impact on their ability to take on paid work: 16% of mothers of disabled children are in paid employment, compared with 61% of all mothers.

7. People from lower socio-economic groups and those with disabled children are less likely to use formal childcare than others. For those with disabled children, it is unclear whether the lower use of formal childcare is parental preferences or whether it is driven by a lack of appropriate and affordable places.

8. Children from ethnic minorities are up to twice as likely to be involved in road traffic accidents whilst walking or playing; Children who are Deaf or hard of hearing are 10 times as likely.

9. Young people with limiting long-term illness (LLTI)/disabilities are significantly less likely than those without to believe that the criminal justice system is fair, or that it meets the needs of victims.

10. A growing number of disabled students are going to university, but this group is still not achieving its potential.

11. 17% of children with Special Educational Needs (SEN) get five good GCSEs including English and Maths, compared to 61% of children without identified SEN.

12. Across Britain, disabled adults are three times as likely as others to have no qualifications.

13. Almost three-quarters (71%) of permanent exclusions in England involved pupils with some form of SEN in 2008/09. This is equivalent to a rate of 30 out of every 10,000 pupils.

14. For low qualified British men with disabilities the chances of working halved, from 77% to 38% from the 1970s to the 2000s.

15. Figures suggest that 45% of disabled people in their early 20s are NEET.