Building for Equality: Disability and the Built Environment Contents

Annex 2: Terms of Reference


Built environment

In using the term “built environment”, we include homes, public buildings, commercial premises and the public realm (publicly owned streets, pathways, right of ways, parks, publicly accessible open spaces and any public and civic building and facilities.) To keep the scope of this inquiry manageable, we will not be covering public transport, but we will continue to pursue issues raised by the recent Equality Act 2010 and Disability Committee in our wider work.

Accessible / accessibility

We use the social model of disability. By accessible we mean usable by most people regardless of their age, agility and physical, sensory or other abilities and easily adaptable for use by people with very specific needs, such as physical disabilities.

Call for written submissions

The Women and Equalities Committee invites written evidence that focuses on one or more of the following issues:

Government policy on and current provision of accessible properties (including homes and commercial premises)

The effectiveness of UK legislation, policies and standards on accessibility in the built environment

Design and management of the public realm

The role of designers, architects and built environment specialists in ensuring accessibility and inclusivity

Local involvement in decision-making

24 April 2017