December 12 2003 The Government has published a draft Disability Discrimination Bill. This bill will extend the definition of disability to bring those suffering with HIV, MS or cancer within the scope of the legislation for the first time; introduce a new duty on public bodies to promote equality of opportunity for disabled people; extend the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) to cover the exercise of the functions of public bodies.

The bill also proposes to bring private clubs with 25 or more members within the scope of the DDA; require those who let or manage premises to make reasonable adjustments to their practices and policies for disabled tenants or prospective tenants; make third party publishers liable for publishing discriminatory job advertisements; extend the DDA to cover discrimination in relation to the use of transport vehicles; and make clear that any insurance provided to an employer's staff on group terms is covered as a service under the DDA.