Disability charity wants pub access

Disability charity Leonard Cheshire has launched a campaign to make pubs more accessible to disabled customers.

The charity is basing the campaign on research that found disabled volunteers were unable to access a fifth of the pubs they visited.

It now plans to run a print and broadcast media relations drive aimed at improving access and facilities in UK bars and pubs.

Campaigns officer Guy Parckar said the charity would use national and regional dailies, the lifestyle press and trade titles to promote the campaign.

The Disability Discrimination Act obliges bars and clubs to make 'reasonable adjustments' to premises to give access to disabled people, and the charity is keen to make sure licensees and the public are aware of this.

'Drinking establishments need to make sure that disabled people can expect the same standards as everyone else,' said Parckar.

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