The Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) was introduced in 1996 and came into force in 2004. In 2010 the Act was updated and became The Equality Act 2010. The Act requires that all buildings have facilities for access and do not discriminate against disabled or wheelchair users. Alterations or additions to any building have to comply with The Building Regulations and/or BS 8300 as applicable.
The Equality Act 2010 makes it a legal duty on those responsible for buildings used by the general public, and employers responsible for places of work, to ensure that the building and its facilities are accessible to disabled and wheelchair users. The Act made it a duty of service providers to make “reasonable” adjustments to the design of the building in order to provide a universal level of accessibility for all.