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Named and shamed.

More than 60 public organisations including fire services, councils, colleges and probation boards have been "named and shamed" for failing to produce a scheme to improve services and job opportunities for disabled people.

The Disability Rights Commission warned that it could take legal action against the organisations after accusing them of breaking the law. The commission said 65 public bodies across England had missed a deadline of last December for producing a disability equality scheme.

Under the scheme organisations were supposed to show what measures they were taking to help disabled people get better access to education, facilities such as sports centres, training and jobs.

Among the organisations named today were a number of Government services including UK Trade and Investment and the Forensic Science Service.

Sir Bert Massie, the commission's chairman, said: "The disability equality duty is a real opportunity to transform disabled people's experiences of the society we live in. I am really pleased the public sector as a whole has done a great job in responding to the requirements of the duty, with more than 96% of organisations producing a scheme.

"The question is ( why have a small minority failed to do so? We will now be considering issuing compliance notices to offending authorities which could lead to court action."
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Apr 5, 2007
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