14 May 2009
New anti-discrimination laws concerning disability 'on the way'
Disabled people are to benefit from new anti-discrimination employment laws, a politician has said.
According to Jonathan Shaw, minister for disabled people, a major United Nations treaty which will enshrine the human rights of such people will be ratified by the UK in June.
As well as employment, the new laws will cover health, education and access to justice, among other things.
Mr Shaw said: "I'm pleased to say the parliamentary processes for ratification are complete and we are now on track to formally ratify the convention in June."
Once ratified, the UK can begin implementing the convention, he added.
The government is to work closely with disabled people and organisations which represent them concerning how to best apply the terms of the convention.
Mr Shaw was appointed minister for disabled people in October 2008 and he has a background working for Kent county council in child protection, adoption, fostering and children leaving care.