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Disability laws await fine detail sign-off

Work still to be done on anti discrimination act

The health minister says more work is needed before laws giving rights to disabled people in the Island can be brought in.

Last week Tynwald backed a motion calling for the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) to be put into effect.

The Act passed all legal hurdles to become law of the land ten years ago, but was put on long-term hold.

It was then sidelined to make way for a new Equality Bill which has a wider scope - tackling discrimination on grounds of age, race, religion and gender, as well as disability.

However, that legislation has been delayed, so the DDA will take its place in the short-term.

Health officials are now working on detailed guidance notes, and the department is due to give a time-scale for implementation in 2016, to Tynwald in December this year.

Minister Howard Quayle says the Act is fit for purpose, but there's work still to do on the vital small print before it is enforced:  

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