Countryside and heritage champion to be appointed by Government

  • 06 Dec 2018
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This year’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities (3 December) saw the  Government announce that it will recruit a new Countryside and Heritage Disability Champion to help the sector tackle day to day accessibility issues experienced by many disabled people looking to enjoy a day out. 

DWP Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work, Sarah Newton said: 
“There are nearly 14 million disabled people living in the UK, and our world-leading heritage sector must ensure it is capitalising on the spending power of their households – the Purple Pound is worth £249 billion every year.”

Research has shown that disabled people are almost ten times more likely to report problems joining in leisure activities compared to non-disabled people.

The new champion will use their business expertise and passion for the UK’s cultural and natural heritage to help develop and promote best practice to ensure that everyone has equal access to our rich culture. 

The Disability Champion scheme was launched in 2017 and has appointed 14 champions who are already breaking down the barriers faced by disabled consumers. Music champion Suzanne Bull, launched a new industry taskforce in April 2018 that is helping to improve the experience of deaf and disabled customers when booking tickets for live music events.

If you are interested in becoming the Countryside and Heritage Disability Champion or would like to find out more about the scheme, then please visit GOV.UK

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