Disabled people 'locked out of rebuild'

16:00, Dec 03 2013

More than 6000 people have asked the Government to make the Christchurch rebuild accessible for all people, including those with disabilities.

That petition, and another asking that large buildings be made accessible to all, were presented at Parliament yesterday.

Christchurch-based Greens list MP Mojo Mathers said there was a "huge amount of concern" in the disability community that the Government was not taking this seriously.

"They are letting us down when it comes to new buildings and they are letting us down when it comes to upgrading older buildings," she said.

The Christchurch-based Earthquake Disability Leadership Group travelled to Wellington to present the petition while the other petition was handed over by Felicity Emmett.

Mathers said the Government was locking disabled people out of the rebuild.

"Right now, buildings are going up that are not fully accessible because the Government has failed to prioritise updating the building code and standards."

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