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Press release: House of Commons achieves Silver in Business Disability Forum's Disability Standard

27 July 2016
London, UK – The House of Commons has become the latest organisation to be recognised for outstanding disability performance and commitment to disabled people by achieving Silver status in Business Disability Forum's (BDF) world-renown Disability Standard. 
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Press release: Barclays achieves highest ever score in Business Disability Forum's Disability Standard

25 July 2016
London, UK – Leading UK bank Barclays has achieved 98% in Business Disability Forum's world-renown Disability Standard – the highest ever score awarded to any organisation since the introduction of the Disability Standard in 2004.
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Press release: EY sponsor Business Disability Forum's Line Manager Guide series

20 July 2016
London, UK - Business Disability Forum (BDF) is pleased to announce that long-standing Partner and multi Disability-smart Award winner, EY is continuing its sponsorship of the BDF Line Manager Guide series.
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Toilet accessibility double discrimination

19 July 2016
New research by the Papworth Trust highlights that 17 per cent of disabled people said that accessing bathroom facilities when away from home created a barrier, because of location, layout and size, and it was one of the top 10 issues they face. (ADF)
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Mixed fortunes for Swindon's MPs as new PM shapes Government

18 July 2016
Following her arrival in Downing Street last week, Theresa May has been hard at work reshuffling the lineup of her Cabinet and wider ministerial team. Justin Tomlinson will not be continuing in his position as a Minister for Disabled People in the Department of Work and Pensions. (This is Wiltshire)
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Between the lines: Banks in lead on accessibility

18 July 2016
Banks are realising the importance of making products and services accessible to all, and recognising a potentially untapped market. And for organisations thinking about following suit, it would be wise to first consider the main challenges that blind and partially sighted consumers often face when it comes to accessing financial services. (The Scotsman)
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Making strides towards disability confidence

13 July 2016
At present less than half of people with a disability of working age are in employment, and many of those who are find themselves underemployed. However progressive employers are reviewing their hiring processes with the aim of eliminating recruitment barriers and tapping into a highly skilled, but under-represented talent pool. (HR Zone)
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Top travel websites lack inclusivity for disabled users

13 July 2016
A report investigating the user experience and accessibility of some of the UK’s top travel websites has been launched by digital agency, Sigma. Findings from the report revealed some of the shortcomings associated with 10 top travel sites particularly when it came to accommodating disabled users. (Net Imperative)
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Disabled fans attending live music events up 26% in 2015

12 July 2016
Attitude is Everything has revealed a significant rise in the number of Deaf and disabled fans attending live music events in the UK - highlighting the positive economic impact to live music businesses that provide outstanding access facilities. (Record of the Day)
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Scheme launched to address rail’s disabled ‘bolt-on’ culture

11 July 2016
With the number of railway passengers exceeding 1.6 billion a year and two-thirds (67 per cent) of disabled people saying they use the railway, Network Rail has launched ‘Spaces and Places for Everyone’ to set out how it will make the network more inclusive. (RailPro)
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