Access to Democracy
This CLP notes:
To truly be inclusive the CLP must make our meetings more accessible to the disabled. Whilst on-line meetings do allow those with accessibility issues to participate more, there is no alternative to face to face meetings which have now resumed.
Our CLP Secretary attended a Disability Labour Meeting at Conference. Ableism: What is it and How do we become better Allies?
Many of the delegates complained about the Brighton venue, Brighton is an old City and facilities, entrances and upper levels are very hostile to wheelchair users and others with mobility issues.
The Disability Labour Conference fringes were one of the few events that could not afford refreshments to delegates.
This CLP believes:
We must ask and listen to our disabled colleagues if we can do better. Venues must at all times be accessible to disabled colleagues and that includes National Conference. Our CLP offers Child Minding reimbursement for those with childcare duties so that they may attend meetings. The CLP should offer similar reimbursement for a return taxi service to our meeting venues.
This CLP resolves:
To affiliate with Disability Labour £15/annum.
- To write to CAC (Conference Arrangements Committee) and ask that the selection of delegates to the Liverpool Conference specifically has a ringfenced category for disabled delegates (not pooled with BAME, youth or women delegates). Liverpool is very disabled access
- To offer to pay for one annual refreshment (tea/coffee and biscuits) for a Disability Labour Conference
- That this motion is circulated to Disability Labour.
- A policy be developed to allow our meetings to be more accessible.