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Promoting Disability Equality In South Ayrshire

South Ayrshire Council is committed to promoting disability equality. In an area with a large population of disabled people (circa 20,000) disability equality must be and is an important issue for both the Council and our community planning partners. The South Ayrshire Community Plan and the Council's Business Plan identify equality as a priority and the Disability Equality Scheme allows us to develop this theme in more detail and greater focus.

The task we have set ourselves represents a real challenge particularly at a time of serious budgetary constraints. We have to make better use of our budgets and work smarter to ensure that we build disability equality into our thinking, whether in policy development, service delivery or employment practices.

The issues and actions identified in the report cover all departments and services: disability equality reaches into all parts of the Council. As Chief Executive it is my responsibility to ensure that the commitments we have made are put into effect across the Council and I shall be monitoring progress to ensure that this happens.