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CAB response to EHRC disability-related harassment inquiry
Citizens Advice has responsed to the announcement of the EHRC disability-related harassment inquiry.
Citizens Advice Head of Equality Strategy, Ali Harris said:
"Citizens Advice welcomes the launch of the EHRC inquiry into disability-related harassment. Around 23% of our clients are disabled or have a long term health condition and we recognise that disabled people are more likely than the wider population to experience targeted violence or hostility. Evidence from Citizens Advice Bureaux across England and Wales raise concerning levels of discrimination, harassment and hate incidents towards disabled people.
"In one case, an elderly disabled woman was harassed by a salesman for hours inside her own home before being persuaded to buy double-glazing that she could not afford. In another, a resident with learning disabilities was subject to an online social network bullying campaign, in which hundreds of people became members. Other cases cite disability-motivated harassment from neighbours or the failure of an organisation to prevent harassment.
"These cases sit against a backdrop of rising discrimination enquiries - the service reported an 11% increase over the last two years. In particular, in the last year, more employment discrimination enquiries were related to disability (around 30% of the total) than to any other issue. That's why challenging harassment and fighting discrimination go to the heart of our principles. We look forward to responding to the inquiry, whilst continuing to tackle disability-related harassment and discrimination in our communities."
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