Get UK Law Questions Answered by Verified Experts
how many people will use the disabled facility? is it possible to put a disabled access in the new building? can we have the full background details please?
There is no absolute duty to provide disabled access. So it is not illegal to move from a property with disabled access to one without.
The club however is under a duty not to breach the Disability Discrimination Act which requires employers in any building which is open to the public, to make reasonable changes.
In our old office, the front and rear of the building was listed and therefore we were not allowed to put disabled access in for wheelchairs.
This link tells you far more than I can ever put on this page
And I am happy to answer any specific points you wish to raise.
Thanks for the answer. The proposed new venue will not actually be owned by us. We will just pay a fee to use it. There is a lift to the floor we are using but it is not in working order and will take £20000.00 or so to fix. The owner of the building is trying to raise cash to fix it but this may or may not happen.. Membership of the Centre is about 130 although not all would use it. A few members of the public use it too. My concern is if a disabled member came to use the centre and could not get in could he take us to court? The rooms in question are presently used by a dance troup and have been for some years.
There is one disabled member who uses a wheelchair. It is possible I suppose to go to a more disabled friendly facility such as a school but the hire rate is far more and we would only have use of it for half the time we would at the proposed new venue. I am not sure we could afford to pay any more than the price agreed with the new venue.
Thanks very much for your answers. Very helpful.
DISCLAIMER: Answers from Experts on JustAnswer are not substitutes for the advice of an attorney. JustAnswer is a public forum and questions and responses are not private or confidential or protected by the attorney-client privilege. The Expert above is not your attorney, and the response above is not legal advice. You should not read this response to propose specific action or address specific circumstances, but only to give you a sense of general principles of law that might affect the situation you describe. Application of these general principles to particular circumstances must be done by a lawyer who has spoken with you in confidence, learned all relevant information, and explored various options. Before acting on these general principles, you should hire a lawyer licensed to practice law in the jurisdiction to which your question pertains.
The responses above are from individual Experts, not JustAnswer. The site and services are provided “as is”. To view the verified credential of an Expert, click on the “Verified” symbol in the Expert’s profile. This site is not for emergency questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals. Please carefully read the Terms of Service (last updated February 8, 2012).