Bert Massie has been appointed as the first chairman of the Disability Rights Commission, which was created by the Disability Rights Commission Act 1999 to investigate and enforce compliance with the Disability Discrimination Act 1995. It has similar powers to the CRE and EOC to take up cases on behalf of those discriminated against.
Mr Massie, who is currently Director of the Royal Association for Disability and Rehabilitation, will start in his new post in January 2000.
It is anticipated that the Disability Rights Commission will be up-and-running by April 2000.
Somewhat fittingly, the appointment of Bert Massie (who is himself
disabled) is on different terms to those advertised. Mr Massie will work a 4-, rather than 5-day week, and will receive 80% of the advertised salary. The Secretary of State, David Blunkett, states that he is making reasonable adjustments to the post to take account of Mr Massies disabilities!
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