Corporate Access Forum

Liverpool is aiming to become an inclusive and accessible city for all who live, work or visit here. The Corporate Access Forum was set up to enable Disabled people and others affected by physical access barriers, the opportunity to work in partnership with Council officers and developers in order to influence the design of major regeneration projects across the city. The purpose of the Forum is not only to create an understanding of access barriers and how to overcome them, but also to instil positive attitudes towards Disabled people.  This includes barriers within and around buildings, highways and public open spaces. Members are drawn from a number of key organisations including Merseyside Society for Deaf People, RNIB, Spinal Injuries Association, Bradbury Fields.

Meetings are held every six weeks to coincide with the city’s committee reporting structure, and are chaired by Councillor Pam Thomas, Cabinet Member for Inclusive and Accessible City, who is not only a long-standing local Councillor, but also a scholar and author of Disability and access issues.  Councillor Thomas is also a representative on Disability and Deaf Arts (DaDa) and Merseytravel Committee of the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority. Other key officers include the council’s Inclusive Design Officer and Equality & Cohesion Officer.

We are keen to attract members to the Forum from a diverse range of communities, including young and older people, those from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) groups, and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered people.

If you are a representative of one or more of these groups, have experience of or an active interest in access issues and are interested in joining the Forum, then please contact us.

Equal Opportunities Service,
5th Floor,
Cunard Building,
Pier Head,
Water Street,
L3 1AH.

Tel: 0151 233 7011
Email: equal​.opportunitiesservice​@liverpool.gov.uk

Next meeting

As a result of Covid-19 all meetings are virtual via Zoom. The date and time of the next meeting is scheduled for January 2021 and we will post the details here.

Minutes from past meetings

For previous minutes email carie.lee@liverpool.gov.uk.

News updates

On 20th March 2020, Liverpool City Council’s Cabinet approved six equality objectives for 2020-2024, one of which is accessible information and services

Our equality objectives for 2020-2024 have been developed in consultation with our staff and citizens. A number of priorities sit under each objective and every year the Council will develop an action plan to show how we will be working towards delivering our equality objectives over the coming year.  Read the Equality Objectives 2020-2024.

The council is supporting the Royal National Institute for Blind People’s (RNIB) Who Put That There? campaign, and the adoption of a Street Charter.  The charter is our pledge and commitment towards creating inclusive environments where everyone can independently travel around our streets without obstruction. We are currently updating the charter which will set out our commitments for 2021-2024. Read the 2017-2020 Charter.