We will host a roundtable discussion early in 2017 with disabled people and the organisations that represent them to identify our first priorities for action and our timescales.
We will report on progress through:
a) the UN Committee for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities for the periodic examination of the UK in 2017;
b) the Fairer Scotland progress report to be published in 2019; and
c) the Mainstreaming Equality Report also due for publication in 2019.
We will ensure that there is opportunity for disabled people to hold us to account on progress with this Plan by:
- Establishing disabled people's panels covering each of the ambitions in early 2017.
- A survey of disabled people in mid-2018 to gather evidence of the impact of our actions.
- Annual Disability Summits, to look at progress.
- A Major Disability Summit to be held in 2020 which will look ahead to the next parliamentary session.
- The panels, survey and results of the Disability Summit will feed into a progress report to be laid before Parliament in early 2021 to determine where we need to focus our efforts in the 2021-2026 parliamentary session.
We will work closely with disabled people and the organisations that represent them to develop the detail of our approach to measuring progress.
'In recognising the importance of promoting equality for all and in particular for those who face daily discrimination due to disability, South Lanarkshire Council has taken the step of creating a spokesperson for disabled people. This elected member role ensures that consideration of the views and needs of those facing some of the greatest challenges in our communities is at the heart of our decision making process.'
Councillor Gerry Convery
South Lanarkshire Council spokesperson for disabled people and Chair of Finance and Corporate Resources Committee