Transport for All, alongside a number of other individuals and representatives of Disabled People Organisations, has joined the Transport for London’s Citizens Jury panel. The Jury has been formed to influence TfL’s Disability Equality Strategy and aims to gather the opinions and experiences of disabled Londoners on key areas of TfL’s work – and then formulate questions for TfL senior Management.
The Jury members have been asked to contribute to five of the following key areas:
- Workforce and Attitudinal Barriers
- Safety, Security and Resilience and London 2012 – The Olympics and Paralympics
- Whole Journey Approach – Information & Communications
- Engagement and Involvement of Stakeholders
- Physical Environment
Members of TfL’s Independent Disability Advisory Group (IDAG) are also participating in the Jury, and IDAG chair, Dr Alice Maynard Campbell was keen to stress that the event was not just a ‘tick box exercise’.
June 29th was spent discussing the specific areas highlighted and coming up with questions. TfA Director, Faryal Velmi contributed to the session on ‘Engagement and Involvement of Stakeholders’.
Faryal said of the experience,
‘TfA is pleased to be contributing to the Citizen’s Jury and we hope the Jurors will ask some searching questions based on disabled people’s experiences of using TfL services – and also put forward our aspirations are for improvements. We are however acutely aware of the fact that the TfL Business Plan has already been set till 2017; and that plans to improve step free tube access, for example have been deferred due to financial constraints. In that context the Citizens Jury’s power is very limited, but nevertheless TfA will use the opportunity to lobby for better engagement and genuine consultation between Tfl and disabled and older service users”.
The Jury will question TfL managers over July 8th, 9th and 10th and then come up with a verdict on July 15th.
We will keep you posted!