What is inclusive policymaking?
Government policymakers can influence important decisions that affect people’s everyday lives. There are over ten million disabled people in the UK, so all policies will affect them in some way.
Disabled people are the experts in their own lives and their views are an essential part of any evidence base. Involving them in developing policy will help identify gaps in knowledge and give an indication of whether the policy will work in the short and long term. As well as the compelling business reasons for considering disability in your work, there are also legal considerations.
Understanding the perspective, needs and priorities of disabled people will develop better policy and deliver successful public services.
How the Office for Disability Issues can support policymakers
It can seem daunting to consider the needs of disabled people in all policies and services. The Office for Disability Issues (ODI) works in collaboration with government departments to help develop skills, expertise and confidence.
ODI provides support to civil servants to ensure disabled people are included in policy work. This can involve:
- providing information and guidance, including disability facts and figures, the use of language guidance around involving disabled people
- signposting to disabled people’s organisations
- tailored advice by email or face-to-face meetings.
ODI can also facilitate meetings with Equality 2025, a non-departmental public body of disabled people that offers advice to ministers and government officials.
- Delivering inclusive policy (PDF, 36 pages, 1.76 MB)
- Disability facts and figures
- Disabled people and equality legislation
- Involving disabled people
- Contact ODI for help with inclusive policymaking
- Publications index
Page last reviewed: 04 November 2010