Making Basingstoke Better for Disabled People

Maria launched the campaign to make Basingstoke a better place for disabled people in February 2011.

Maria, who is also the Minister for Disabled People in the Department of Work and Pensions, wanted to give special attention to disability issues in Basingstoke.  She firmly believes that disabled people should have the same choices and opportunities as non-disabled people. That includes ensuring that poor design does not prevent disabled people from using local services, amenities and facilities. She is also committed to ensuring that disabled people have the same opportunities to find and stay in work.

The campaign has two principal aims:

  • To identify any services or amenities that could be made more accessible for disabled people – and to work with the providers of those services or amenities to put in place improvements;
  • To raise the profile of disability issues among local employers, highlight good practice and, where necessary, explore solutions to any problems.

Maria is working with a range of people across Basingstoke to drive this campaign forward. This includes Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council, the Disability Forum and local employers.

Maria is also looking for views from individuals, and would urge disabled people in the Basingstoke constituency to complete the survey on accessibility of services and amenities on this website.