A claim for judicial review has recently been issued on behalf of four disabled people who consider that the Government’s approach to involving them in its forthcoming National Strategy for Disabled People – which is designed to set the policy framework for improving the lives of disabled people – is insufficient and unlawful. In particular, they contend that the consultation was unfair due to a breach of the second “Gunning” principle in that respondents of the Government’s consultation were provided with insufficient information about the Strategy to make meaningful representations on it, and that the consultation design precluded them from doing so. The Claimants also argue that the Government acted unlawfully in failing to consult to disabled people’s organisations and also that the approach taken to consultation is in breach of the public sector equality duty.
More information about the claim is available here.
Steve Broach and Katherine Barnes act for the Claimants, instructed by Jamie Potter and Shirin Marker at Bindmans LLP.