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Mayor launches attack on disability discrimination

24th March 2006

The mayor of London Ken Livingstone has spoken out against the problem of discrimination against the disabled.

Mr Livingstone was speaking at the launch of a GLA report yesterday detailing the high levels of prejudice that disabled people face in many areas of daily life.

The Towards Joined up Lives report highlighted a number of areas in need of work, including: improvement of services, especially transport, for the disabled in some of the most neglected boroughs as well as a need for better and more easily available support.

Jobcentre Plus and Disability Employment advisers were also criticised for lacking a proper understanding of disability issues.

"This report shows that disabled people continue to experience high levels of harassment, lack of awareness and understanding," the mayor said.

"It also shows clear problems in the areas of housing and further education. These issues need urgently addressing."

Mr Livingstone added that he wants London to be a leading light in equality for deaf and disabled people, stressing that everyone has the right to lead their lives without the fear of bigotry and intolerance.