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Posted 10 July 2017
by Kirsty McLennan

Access to buildings

A proposed amendment to the Equality Act 2010 (“the Act”) received its first reading in the House of Lords on 27 June 2017. 

The Equality Act 2010 (Amendment)(Disabled Access) Bill proposes amending the duty in force in England, Scotland and Wales to make reasonable adjustments for those with disabilities to improve their access to buildings. Single step access to buildings of less than 12 inches in height is to be replaced by a wheel chair suitable ramp.

This amendment would not apply to buildings with more than one step.

The Bill is only in its preliminary stages but if it is passed owners of holiday and residential parks will need to make reasonable adjustments by introducing wheel chair suitable ramps in place of single steps into buildings accessed by the public. This Bill will not apply to caravans or mobile homes as they do not fall within the definition of buildings. 

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About the author

Kirsty McLennan

Associate and Solicitor

Associate in the commercial litigation team helping landlords, tenants and owners of residential and holiday parks resolve disputes