Has the Equality Act helped prevent discrimination against people with M.E.?
The UK House of Lords Select Committee on the Equality Act 2010 and Disability has launched an inquiry into the effectiveness of the Act, which was intended to eliminate discrimination on the grounds of certain characteristics, including disability.
Equality Act 2010 guidance states that “a disability can arise from a wide range of impairments which can be […] impairments with fluctuating or recurring effects such as M.E., CFS, fibromyalgia, depression and epilepsy.”
The committee has been asked, specifically, to consider and report on the impact of the Act on people with disabilities.
Committee Chair Baroness Deech says, “We aim to look at a wide range of areas where the law has an impact on disabled people, from how employers cater for their staff, to accessibility of buildings, to whether the enforcement of the law is being carried out as effectively as possible.”
Action for M.E. would like to hear from people with M.E. in the UK to inform our response to the committee’s call for evidence. In order to make easier for you to do this, we have set up a short, anonymous survey that we ask you to complete by Friday 21 August. Thank you.
* If you would prefer a paper copy of the survey, please call Action for M.E. on 0117 927 9551.