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Isle of Man government probes cost of Disability Act

The Isle of Man government has sought advice about the cost implications of bringing in the Disability Act.

The department of social care has commissioned a report considering the economic impact of the legislation.

The Disability Discrimination Act 2006 would make it illegal to discriminate against disabled people in the provision of facilities and services.

Minister Martyn Quayle said while the government was committed to the act it also wanted to avoid economic problems.

He added: "It is vital that the act's implementation is undertaken in such a manner that achieves its intent of helping people with a disability to access goods and services and so help them to lead a fulfilled life.

"At the same time, it is also vital that it is implemented in a manner and timescale that is achievable for local private, public and third sector organisations and does not cause unnecessary economic harm".

The Disability Act has already been approved by Tynwald and is currently being processed through parliament which means it will be up to the new island government to complete the process and make it law.

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