Mind the Gap

Cathy Peattie has called on the Scottish Parliament to heed the recommendations of the Leonard Cheshire Disability charity – and of its own report published before the last election.

“Leonard Cheshire have published a very good report highlighting the problems that disabled people face when travelling,” said Cathy.

“Transport is one of the biggest barriers to work, study and leisure. I know just how big a problem it is, because when I chaired the Equal Opportunities Committee we spoke to people from all over Scotland, and produced a report to the Parliament containing recommendations for action to remove the barriers and create new opportunities for disabled people. The report was well received, and made similar recommendations to Leonard Cheshire’s, as well as further recommendations to address issues such as the accessibility of buildings, tackling negative and obstructive attitudes, and improving how institutions deal with disability.

“That report is available to the current parliament if it wants to pick up the baton and run with it, but so far, little has been done. I welcome the pressure from the Mind The Gap report, and hope that it will be followed up by a concerted campaign to get action. It would of course be better if the parliament and the Scottish Government led the way instead of being pushed, but one way or the other it needs to move, so that disabled people find it easier to get where they want to go, to take up employment, education and leisure opportunities.”

S3M-02537 Cathy Peattie (Falkirk East) (Scottish Labour): Mind the Gap – The Next Step – That the Parliament welcomes the report on disabled people’s experiences of Scottish public transport, Mind the Gap: The Next Step, by Leonard Cheshire Disability; notes the findings that problems with transport create barriers to education, work and leisure, and that problems arise not only from physical inaccessibility but also from attitudes; further notes that these and other conclusions were also reached in Session 2 by the Equal Opportunities Committee in its report on its disability inquiry, Removing Barriers and Creating Opportunities; supports Leonard Cheshire Disability’s call for a public awareness campaign and robust disability equality training for staff, and believes that the other recommendations made in Removing Barriers and Creating Opportunities should be built on and developed in this parliamentary session.

Supported by: Elaine Smith, Patrick Harvie, Kenneth Gibson, Charlie Gordon, Jackie Baillie, James Kelly, Robin Harper, Karen Whitefield, Des McNulty, Mary Mulligan, Marlyn Glen, John Lamont, Dr Richard Simpson, John Park, Dr Elaine Murray, Paul Martin, Christine Grahame, Cathie Craigie, Trish Godman, Ken Macintosh, Hugh O’Donnell, John Scott, Sarah Boyack, Rhoda Grant, Hugh Henry, Helen Eadie, Rt Hon George Foulkes

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