Coronavirus has without doubt placed a significant amount of pressure on us all, not least those who have disabilities.
Throughout this period, I have been clear that alongside doing all I can to help make sure that people can pay their bills and put food on their table, the most vulnerable must be protected.
On a local level I have been working with an organisation called Burnley Together, providing much needed assistance to those who need help, including those who are either blind or partially sighted. I know that many small businesses and charities in and around Burnley have also been playing their part and I’m immensely proud of the community spirit we have shown throughout the Borough.
And as we transition out of lockdown it’s important we do so in a way which is as inclusive as possible, especially for those people who will find it harder to navigate under social distancing restrictions. It’s crucial that no one is left behind. In making sure that we can accommodate everybody on a local level, Burnley Council has received over £70,000 in extra funding.
On a final note, details of any provisions relating to disabled passengers should be published by transport providers and I fully expect passengers using public transport to be considerate towards those with disabilities who may require a seat or more space around them.
You can view the recommendations from the Charity Guide Dogs by clicking the link below.