Access Tips

Promoting Equal Access

People with disabilities have the right to full participation in society. We work to ensure equal access for all, throughout the district.

We are able to provide advice and support on access issues or concerns. We work closely with local businesses, organisations and the public sector to make the Selby District more accessible for all.

The economic power of people who have disabilities or long-term health conditions, and their families, is huge. Nearly 1 in 5 people in the UK has a disability. The potential spending power of disabled people is referred to as the ‘purple pound’. There are 13.9 million people with disabilities in the UK, which all adds up to an awful lot of spending power. This is considered to be the largest untapped consumer market and estimated to be worth £212 billion in the UK.

Ensuring that facilities and services are accessible for people with disabilities is something that won’t just benefit them, but businesses and organisations too. Contrary to popular belief, it really does not have to cost, there are easy and cheap ways to provide a more welcoming environment to benefit everyone.

We have created a booklet, which sets out some simple top tips to help with accessibility. These tools will not only help you provide an excellent service to new and existing customers, but they will also help you support staff who may have, or develop, disabilities.

Moving forward we are planning to create more Top Tips booklets to provide advice on improved access in all areas of the Community.

The Equality Act 2010 says reasonable changes or adjustments should be made to ensure you can access the following things if you’re disabled:

  • education
  • employment
  • housing
  • goods and services
  • associations and private clubs

If you need any advice on improving access, please contact us.