MP Fer­rier wants to end guide dog dis­crima­tion

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

Mar­garet Fer­rier MP has met with guide dog own­ers in the Houses of Par­lia­ment to hear about their ex­pe­ri­ences of be­ing turned away by busi­nesses.

Over 100 guide dog own­ers trav­elled to West­min­ster from across the coun­try to talk to their MPs about the dis­crim­i­na­tion they face in their daily lives.

The MP for Ruther­glen and Hamil­ton West gave sup­port to the char­ity Guide Dogs’“Ac­cess All Ar­eas” cam­paign to en­sure guide dog own­ers can carry out ev­ery­day ac­tiv­i­ties such as travel by taxi or go to the lo­cal shops, without the risk of be­ing turned away.

Ac­cord­ing to law, guide dog own­ers are al­lowed the same ac­cess to shops, restau­rants and taxis as ev­ery­one else. Yet, all too of­ten, guide dog own­ers are told that their dog is not wel­come and not al­lowed in. In fact, three out of every four guide dog own­ers has been turned away from a taxi, busi­ness or ser­vice be­cause of their dog.

Ms Fer­rier is sup­port­ing calls for dis­abil­ity equal­ity train­ing, and for of­fend­ers to be prop­erly pun­ished un­der the law when they il­le­gally dis­crim­i­nate against guide dog own­ers.

Com­ment­ing, Mar­garet Fer­rier MP said:“Even though there is a le­gal right of ac­cess for those with guide dogs, they still seem to face ev­ery­day hur­dles that they shouldn’t have to.

“It is im­por­tant for busi­nesses and ser­vice providers to un­der­stand their obli­ga­tions. Guide dog own­ers are en­ti­tled to the same ac­cess rights as ev­ery­one else, and it is im­por­tant that pub­lic aware­ness be in­creased.”

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