I received quite a prompt reply from his office, explaining that my report had been forwarded to the Department for Communities and Local Government so that they would also be “aware of my views”.
This is the second time that the Department for Communities and Local Government has received the report, as it was also forwarded to them by Mike Penning’s office on 10th February. Unsurprisingly, I am still awaiting a response from them.
At this stage, I sometimes wonder if I should just give up and accept that the rights of disabled people will never be a priority. Indeed, there have been days when I’ve cried out of pure frustration that nobody seems to care. But to give up would be to accept that the Equality Act 2010 simply pays lip service to disabled people and isn’t worth the paper it’s written on.
Though it may take many more months or years, I remain committed to this campaign and now intend to expand my report to encompass other areas. When I prove that poor provision for disabled people goes far beyond Great Barr, perhaps then things will start to change.
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