I have started emailing local authorities press offices, starting with Oxford City Council (OCC), of whom I have heard several alarming stories regarding their bias against travellers and people with mental health issues. Sadly, OCC are not alone. I have today been alerted to some threatening behaviour of Waltham Forest Council again.
The email I am sending is as follows. Please copy and send your own too, and let me know the results.
To Whom It May Concern,
I am running a campaign to investigate how public bodies treat disabled people and people with no fixed address (travellers, RV and boat living, etc.) I am saving the results and publishing them online, in an order to show excellence where it is due and to raise standards where needed.
Please can you advise, as per the 2010 Equality Act, how are reasonable adjustments made for indivuals that request them? Is there a set procedure or policy to follow or are they forced upon the disabled person without any negotiation? Please supply any documentation releveant to this query.
Additionaly, please advise what allowances your organisation makes to allow access to your services for those who have no fixed address. Are all services available, and if not, which ones are restricted and why. Please supply documentation for this also.
I will be publishing all results online at billygibbons.me and via social media accounts, regardless of if a response is received, within 28 days of this email. I thank you for your consideration.
Please help me to help everyone. Send this email to the press office, which gives the organisation a warning that results WILL be published. I will update everyone as response come in.
Currently, I have contacted Oxford, Waltham Forest and Barking & Dagenham councils, together with the London councils website, for a comparison. I shall update this page with all the results.