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Issue:- Monday, 28 March 2016

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Stop letting down disabled people! Local charity responds to House of Lords report

NATIONAL disabled people's charity Revitalise; which runs the Sandpipers respite holiday centre in Southport; has responded to the House of Lords report:- "The Equality Act 2010: the impact on disabled people" and echoed its call for society to become more inclusive and accessible for disabled people."

The charity is citing a number of recent studies which back up the Lords Committee's finding that the 'Equality Act' and public venues are failing in their duty of care to disabled people.

In a study of visitor attractions, Revitalise found that just 17% of the UK's most visited attractions had all their staff trained in disability awareness and 65% of disabled people had decided against visiting a tourist attraction because they found their accessibility information to be insufficient, confusing or difficult to obtain.

The charity also found similar problems on the high street, where over half (55%) of disabled people had experienced negative or unwelcoming treatment from shop staff.

Most recently, Revitalise discovered that the world of sport fared no better. The charity found that only 3 football clubs in the Premiership; the world's richest football league; had the recommended number of spaces for wheelchair users, in accordance with guidelines that have been in existence for over 10 years.

In the light of its own research and echoing the recommendations of the Lords Report, Revitalise is urging all public venues to up their game when it comes to their obligations under the Equality Act and stop letting down disabled people.

Revitalise Chief Executive Chris Simmonds said:- "This new report makes very sobering reading indeed. It has been 6 years since the launch of the Equality Act and only four years since the huge outpouring of public goodwill towards disabled people during the 2012 London Paralympics. Now, in the run up to the Rio Paralympics, it is very disheartening to find that however far we think we have come in making society more open and accessible for disabled people, we haven't come nearly far enough. Can our public venues really afford to ignore the needs of disabled people? The spending power of disabled people is worth around £212 billion annually to the national economy, but public venues risk losing out on this valuable income by not making simple and reasonable adjustments for disabled people, as they are obliged to under the Equality Act. So there is an economic as well as moral argument for public venues to do more for their disabled customers. Disabled people have every right to expect the same choices and opportunities as anyone else; is this too much to ask?"

Revitalise is a national charity providing respite holidays for disabled people and carers, combining 24 hour nurse led care with a real holiday experience, at Sandpipers and 2 other accessible UK centres. Excursions are an integral part of the experience and Revitalise makes a thorough assessment of the accessibility arrangements of each destination to which it takes its guests.

National Band Concert to be held with tickets just £5!

OVER 300 musical Army Cadets from all over the country attend at Altcar Training Camp, in Hightown, just outside Formby, Merseyside, each year for a week of musical instruction, training and assessment and this year (2016) they are again doing a concert as part of it. This event has been held for the last few years and is thoroughly enjoyed by all. As the training amid to selecting the best of them to perform as part of the National Army Cadet Band and Corps of Drums, the music is of an unbelievably high standard! This concert will then take place, on Wednesday, 30 March 2016, at 2pm, at Ince Blundell Village Hall, located on Lady Green Lane. Tickets are just £5 with concessions available at £3. They can be obtained via the Hightown Village Store. For information please call:- 01704 871927.  The 1st ½ off all proceeds taken at this event from ticket sales will go to the Poppy Appeal, to help service and ex-service personnel, the other ½ goes to provide the instruments for the band.

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Deceased estates notice - Lilian May Jackam

Pursuant to the Trustee Act 1925, any persons having a claim against or an interest in the Estate of Lilian May Jackam (also known as Lillian May) Jackam (Deceased), late of Birch Abbey Rest Home, 55 Alexandra Road, Southport, Merseyside, PR9 9HD, UK, who died on 04/10/2018, are required to send particulars thereof in writing, to the undersigned Solicitors, on or before 24/05/2019, after which date the Estate will be distributed having regard only to claims and interests of which they have had notice. Churches Solicitors, 12 High Street, Fareham, Hampshire, PO16 7BL, UK. Ref:- 'T553015.'

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