Nia Griffith MP has recently had the pleasure of presenting awards on behalf of the Carmarthenshire Disabled Access Group. Launched in 1997, the award scheme raises awareness of disabled access issues, and rewards businesses and service providers who have voluntarily made adjustments to their buildings or service provision.
After presenting awards, Nia said,
“I would like to congratulate all those who have received awards this evening. I know that the standards required by the Carmarthenshire Disabled Access Group are rightly extremely high, and they look at all aspects of access needs. Although we have made progress in recent years, there is still a lot to do to ensure that everyone is able to access buildings and services, and participate fully in society.
Unfortunately, campaigning for the rights of disabled people is just one of the many excellent causes pursued by charities and third sector organisations that could be affected by the Government’s hastily presented Transparency of Lobbying, Non-party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill, which would effectively gag campaigning by such organisations and local community groups. I spoke up fiercely against this bill in the House of Commons, and it is now in the House of Lords. I very much hope they will be able to push through changes to this bill, and make sure that organisations can continue to speak up for disabled people.”