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Last updated 18th January 2024

The Equality Act and Disability Access Audit


The Equality Act

Duties under the Equality Act are placed on 'service providers', which include churches and the service they provide for worship and wider activities either in the church or a church hall.  The Act applies to all church premises including clergy housing.  Churches now have to take reasonable steps to change practice, policy, or procedure which makes it impossible or unreasonably difficult for a person with a disability to make use of its services.

Use of premises must be anticipated and not left until the situation arises. It is important that all people are included in the provision of the service. For churches, this could include considering access to the church, parts of the interior, use of toilets, noticeboards, churchyards and paths.

Detailed guidance on accessibility and church buildings can be found here.  We have a disability access audit checklist available for parishes to use.