Useful facts and the Discrimination Act

Useful Facts

Around 11 million people in the UK are currently registered as disabled.

1 in 4 customers in the UK is disabled or close to someone who has a disability.

Disabled people spend around £45 to 50 billion each year – that’s 10% of the UK’s total annual retail spend.

The Law

The Disability Discrimination Act of 1995 protects people who have disabilities from discrimination.

The Act defines a disability as:

1. Anyone with a physical or mental impairment, which has an adverse effect on their ability to carry out day to day activities.

2. The adverse effect is considered to be long term; it lasts longer than a period of a year, or for the rest of their life.