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Bill-033 - Lindsay Whittle AM - Disability Commissioner (Wales) Bill

Pre Ballot Information

A Member must provide ‘pre-ballot information’ to set out the intended purpose of their proposed Bill before it is entered into the Presiding Officer's ballot. This information is set out below.

Policy Objectives of the Bill

1. The purpose of the Bill is to establish the office of Disability Commissioner for Wales.

2. The main objectives of the Bill through the establishment of this new office include contributing to:

a) Ensuring that persons with a disability are able to play a full part in society to the extent that their particular impairment allows;

b) Ensuring that persons with a disability receive the appropriate financial benefits to which they are entitled;

c) Reducing and ultimately eliminating all forms of discrimination and abuse directed towards persons with a disability.

3. To achieve the policy objectives the Bill would need to provide the Disability Commissioner with appropriate functions which could include the power to:

a) Review the effects of policies, proposed policies and legislation and the delivery of services to persons with a disability;

b Act as an advocate on behalf of individuals in order to prevent or seek redress for persons with a disability or disabilities who have experienced any form of abuse or discrimination;

c) Investigate public authorities who are deemed to be providing inadequate and/or inappropriate services to persons with a disability including services to family carers; and

d) Provide an annual report to the Welsh Government.

Support received

4. Disability Wales, SCOPE and SNAP have been contacted and all have expressed a keen interest in the Bill.

5. In October 2011 Lindsay Whittle AM put this question to the First Minister:

“We have a Commissioner for Older People and a Children’s Commissioner. What would your response be to the proposal that this Government should set up a working group, to include representatives from the Third Sector, in order to discuss establishing the post of Commissioner for Disabled People?”

The First Minister replied:

“We would have to ensure that it did not cut across any similar post or appointment by the UK government. It is certainly an idea worth pursuing”.

Consultation

6. No consultation has been undertaken to date.

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