MP supports Guide Dogs charity at parliamentary reception
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19 Dec 2018
Wirral West MP Margaret
Greenwood has attended an event in Parliament to highlight the fact that three
quarters of guide dog owners have been refused access to a restaurant, shop or
The event was organised by
the charity, Guide Dogs, which has had a long running campaign to enable
assistance dog owners to access taxis, shops and restaurants without being
refused entry, in line with their legal rights.
Under the Equality Act,
guide dog and other assistance dog owners have the right to enter the majority
of services, premises and vehicles with their dog. The most frequent places
that guide dog owners are refused access are restaurants, shops and taxis.
According to Guide Dogs, in
a one-year period, 42% of assistance dog owners were refused entry to a taxi or
minicab because of that dog. That is why Guide Dogs is calling on the
Government to make sure that all taxi and minicab drivers carry out disability
Margaret Greenwood MP said:
“It was a real pleasure to meet Laura and her guide dog Jimmy in
Parliament and to hear about the Guide Dogs charity campaign for access for
people with guide dogs.
“Guide dogs play a vital role in the day-to-day lives of people
who are blind or partially sighted.
“It is essential people are able to
access taxis, shops and restaurants with their guide dogs.”