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Draft disability Bill due this year

The Government intends to publish a draft disability Bill later this year.

Speaking on the launch day of the European Year of Disabled People, Work and Pensions Secretary Andrew Smith said: "Building on the real progress we have already made, and in line with our manifesto commitment, this draft Bill will significantly advance the rights and opportunities of disabled people up and down the country. Publishing a draft Bill will enable full examination of its provisions before its Parliamentary passage begins.

"Among new measures we intend to include are changes to the Disability Discrimination Act affecting the public sector, transport and premises and some widening of the definition of disability. We will also seek to cover membership of larger private clubs.

"Together with the establishment of the Disability Rights Commission and the implementation of the Disability Discrimination Act, this represents the biggest extension of rights for disabled people ever seen in this country."