New rights for disabled people

Matt Weaver
Tuesday November 23, 2004

The Queen's speech today confirmed improved rights for disabled people and plans to create a single Commission for Equality and Human Rights.

The new agency will be formed from the merger of the Commission for Racial Equality, the Equal Opportunities Commission and the Disability Rights Commission.

The move comes after the CRE dropped its opposition to the plan last week when ministers promised that the new body would have stronger enforcement powers than originally envisaged.

But the CRE will delay joining the new body until 2008 because of current concern about discrimination against Muslims and the growth in far right activity.

Today's speech also flagged up new laws to combat religious discrimination and greater rights for disabled people.,00.html