Council criticised for excluding disabled people from consultation group | DisabledGo News and Blog


A local authority has been heavily criticised for introducing new ways of consulting on disability issues that will exclude most disabled people from taking part. East Riding of Yorkshire Council previously ran a disability advisory and monitoring group (DAMG) which allowed disability groups and disabled campaigners to pass on their views about issues of concern. But following a review, the council – which ran the group alongside the local clinical commissioning group and NHS trust – has now scrapped DAMG and replaced it with a new group that will allow only official representatives of disability organisations to attend. As nearly all of those organisations are not user-led organisations, there are concerns that the new disability advisory group (DAG) will exclude many disabled people from making their views known to the three public bodies. The list of organisations invited to the first meeting appear to show that as few as two of 32 of them are disabled people’s user-led

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