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October 2013

Equality 2025 Members’ terms of appointment came to an end on 30 September 2013, at which point the Non Departmental Public Body (NDPB) ceased to operate. (In line with the 2013 Equality 2025 Triennial review which recommended there is a continuing need for independent, confidential advice to Government drawing on the lived experience of disabled people; and that this does not need to continue to be delivered through a NDPB.)

The Office for Disability Issues is grateful for the excellent work of Equality 2025, and would like to wish the Chair and Members best wishes for the future.

Please note no further updates will be added to this website.

Office for Disability Issues (October 2013)

Triennial review of Equality 2025

On 16 July the triennial review of Equality 2025 (PDF, 20 pages, 95KB) was published.

Following the successful engagement with disabled people that has co-produced Fulfilling Potential, the Government’s Disability Strategy and Action Plan we now want to build on this and create new arrangements to strengthen the voice of disabled people in Government. We want to hear from disabled people about how best to do this.  On 16 July we published Fulfilling Potential: Making it Happen - Better Working with Disabled People, our response to the triennial review of Equality 2025. This also launches a consultation on next steps for advice from and engagement with disabled people.


We welcome your input into developing these new arrangements. The period for submitting your views ends on 16 October 2013. Please send your consultation responses to:

About Equality 2025

Equality 2025 is a non-departmental public body of publicly-appointed disabled people.

The group offers strategic, confidential advice to government on issues that affect disabled people. This advice can include participation in the very early stages of policy development or in-depth examination of existing policy. The group works with ministers and senior officials across government.

Tribute to Nick Danagher

It was with shock and deep sadness that I heard of the untimely death of Nick Danagher on Friday 6th July 2012.

After seeing him so full of life and spirit at our Equality 2025 meeting just two days before his death, I find it hard to believe that he is no longer with us.

Nick had been a member of Equality 2025 since it was set up in 2006 and has always been a mainstay of the group.  He has greatly enhanced our work and the advice we have been able to provide to Government with his powerful intellect and wise insights - always informed by his deep roots in the disability movement and extensive work across so many facets of the disability arena – not to mention his wicked sense of humour.   

Equality 2025 was just one of many arenas in which he played a leading role in taking forward the rights and opportunities of disabled people, but it was one in which he certainly exerted a powerful influence.  He was also a thoughtful, generous and kind man, and was an enormous support to me personally in my role of Chair, as well as to other members of the group. 

We are enormously grateful for all that he has contributed to Equality 2025 and all he has done to improve the lives and life chances of disabled people.  He will be sadly missed.

Our thoughts are with his family, friends and all whose lives he touched in this difficult time.

Rachel Perkins

How Equality 2025 is run

Equality 2025 includes eight members, a Deputy Chair and a Chair.

The group reports to the Minister for Disabled People.

The Chair meets with the Minister regularly. All advice provided by Equality 2025 is evaluated.

The group is supported by a secretariat based in the Office for Disability Issues (ODI).

How Equality 2025 gives advice

Officials may seek advice from Equality 2025 at any time. Equality 2025 generally give written advice or other formal responses. Officials and ministers seeking advice may be invited to attend one of the group’s quarterly meetings. Members may also provide advice through other meetings or telekits.

Page last reviewed: 18 July 2013