Briefing Note on the Judgment in the Judicial Review Rowley v The Cabinet Office The Cabinet Office discriminated against Katie Rowley by failing to make reasonable adjustments (in breach of s.20(5)) in respect of the absence of British sign …Read More
The Queen had an ‘Annus Horibilis’ …… and we thought we’d be honest with you, that we have trouble at T’Mill. One of the troubles we have at the moment is that despite increasing our fee earning team, we can’t …Read More
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Have you been unfairly dismissed because of your disability? Have you been dismissed in the last three months? If so, you have the right to know why. For an employer to dismiss you within the law, it has to be …Read More
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We know that Covid-19 has had a disproportionately negative impact on disabled people in the provision of education, food supplies, and communications. It seems that impact is spreading to the ‘High Street’ which is a trend which concerns me, especially …Read More
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Of course wearing a face covering is a really great idea, but not everyone can even though they want to. That’s why the Government Guidance includes caveats, or exemptions.
These are the exemptions set out in The Government Guidance on Face Coverings and Exemptions
- people who cannot put on, wear or remove a face covering because of a physical or mental illness or impairment, or disability
- where putting on, wearing or removing a face covering will cause you severe distress
- if you are speaking to or providing assistance to someone who relies on lip reading, clear sound or facial expressions to communicate
We are extremely concerned at recent fashionable announcements being made by businesses, including supermarkets which are creating a hostile environment for disabled people exempt from wearing masks.
The Cabinet Office issued these instructions to Supermarkets to assist: guidance_for_face_covering_exemptions
Key extracts are,
“Once an individual has said they are not able to/exempt, you must take their word and allow them to continue. A verbal confirmation alone is enough. You must not ask for proof of their medical exemption and it is not essential they show any form of exemption card at any point.
Please note if someone is travelling with or providing assistance to someone who relies on lip reading to communicate, they too are exempt from wearing a face covering.”
……”any form of visual cue that indicates an exemption should be respected”.
We call upon Supermarkets to act on the Cabinet Office guidance and provide clear messaging both to staff and the public that blanket policies of ‘No Mask No Entry’ are wrong, and unlawful.
If you have been refused access to a service provider despite having an exemption, and especially if you have provided proof of your exemption you may have a viable claim for disability discrimination. You can contact us on this by completing the form at this link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeqL2Fc3Zc86fIyvecd6IvmnzFunDZagmQ05ms0_ANIvcvWEA/viewform
@UNISONdm published a report in August 2020 following a survey of 4,000 disabled workers across the UK, showing that half worked from home during the Covid-19 crisis. https://www.unison.org.uk/news/press-release/2020/08/give-disabled-people-right-work-home-covid-19-says-unison/ The survey found that nearly three quarters (73%) of disabled staff felt they were more productive or as productive working from …Read More
As we’re back into lockdown, we thought it would be useful to provide guidance as to your rights if you are disabled and unable to access supermarkets in person through shielding. If you’re an existing online customer and your slots …Read More
…….. Bad luck. This is not a photo of us wearing Christmas Jumpers! It is us saying thank you to all of our supporters for your trust and confidence in us this year, and for the fantastic feedback we’ve had …Read More
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