Disability Action Plans - Review of information and consideration of positive action
A Disability Action Plan must describe the public authority’s arrangements for analysing and considering the information collected through monitoring and consultation and for paying due regard as to whether to take positive action i.e. action to promote participation by disabled persons in public life and for encouraging positive attitudes towards them.
Public authorities may find it helpful to use similar arrangements to those used in their Section 75 equality schemes i.e. the processes of “screening” or “impact assessment”. The arrangements need not be elaborate and could entail simply prompting decision-makers to ask themselves key questions at appropriate times; i.e.
(a) does a particular policy proposal, or other practices, have any negative impacts on the participation of disabled persons in public life, or on attitudes towards them, and
(b) are there are any opportunities to encourage greater participation or to promote better attitudes?
A public authority may include these questions on its Section 75 “screening” template to ensure that engagement with the Section 49A duty occurs simultaneously with engagement with the Section 75 duty; which is often an appropriate time to do so.
The key to reviewing information and considering positive action is to have:
- good monitoring data
- a reliable target or benchmark against which to assess current levels of participation and attitudes and to measure the success of any positive action that is being taken
- a commitment to doing them on a regular periodic basis; and
- a determination to respond to the findings by considering what positive action it might be appropriate to take.
In describing your arrangements in your plan, we recommend that you outline:
Example of emerging good practice:
Who is responsible for ensuring that the arrangements are established or, where they are already stablished, maintained and implemented thereafter?
When will the arrangements be established, if they are not already in place?
What are the arrangements and when will they be carried out; e.g. during normal Section 75 “screening” exercises and/or as separate review exercises carried-out every 3 or 5 years, or so?