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Many High Street Stores Neglect Accessibility
Posted in General News on Tuesday, March 14th, 2017
A large number of high street stores are still not accessible to disabled people. Earlier this year the disability charity, DisabledGo, looked into the accessibility of 1,295 fashion retailers in high streets across the UK. The charity discovered that just under a quarter (23%) are failing to provide access to wheelchair users and only 38% of the stores examined were able to state that they provided staff with some form of disability awareness training.
The latest statistics released by the Department for Work and Pensions showed that the collective spending power of disabled people, in other words the value of the ‘purple pound’, has reached £249billion. Anna Nelson, from DisabledGo, said: “You would think that this together with the legal obligations for every retailer to make reasonable adjustments would have been a catalyst for change.
The Minister for Disabled People, Penny Mordaunt, commented: “Our shop windows, magazine pages and catwalks should reflect the diversity of our society, and I want to see businesses making a real effort to be open to everyone. That's why this week I've announced new champions to address the issues faced by disabled consumers, from buying clothes to travelling abroad. They'll highlight the importance of being inclusive, whilst tapping into the £249bn spending power of disabled consumers."Comments (8)