Published: 27 Feb 2015
Commenting on the Commission's support for wheelchair user Doug Paulley's appeal to the Supreme Court in the Paulley vs First Bus disability discrimination case, a Commission spokesperson said:
"This case is of enormous importance to the thousands of wheelchair users who may wish to use public transport such as buses without having the anxiety of being told they cannot travel because the space is being occupied by buggies. This is why the Commission will support this case at the Supreme Court if we are given permission to appeal.
"At this stage it is not possible to estimate costs, but we see our involvement in the case as important in improving the quality of life for disabled people and helping them achieve equality with non-disabled people."
Notes to editors
The Equality and Human Rights Commission is a statutory body established under the Equality Act 2006. It is an independent body responsible for protecting and promoting equality and human rights in Great Britain. It aims to encourage equality and diversity, eliminate unlawful discrimination, and promote and protect human rights. The Commission enforces equality legislation on age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation. It encourages compliance with the Human Rights Act 1998 and is accredited by the UN as an ‘A status’ National Human Rights Institution.