Not mentioned on any council or public authority or community websites, only this one, is that potential purchasers of residential Sovereign Harbour property need to know in advance that the annual flood defence and harbour charge payable by them is not levied anywhere else in Britain or Europe or the world. A much wider geographical flood zone area than just Sovereign Harbour is involved, affecting more than 17,000 homes as far as Bexhill, yet only 3,700 Sovereign Harbour residents (and subsequent owners) must pay the annual cost, nearly £260 in 2018. A recent Member of Parliament has stated publicly this is unfair and unjust. All business services including management companies and property developers are exempted. An additional covenant applies to owners of some South Harbour properties in the water feature precinct. In both cases, they are in addition to local council taxes, insurance, management fees and ground rents.
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|Integrated Council/NHS||Pensioners Concerns||Property Guidelines||Sovereign Ward|
By Keith A. Forbes and his wife Lois Ann Forbes at email@example.com Both disabled, they live in Eastbourne and write, administer and webmaster this website. Keith, a disabled journalist, activist for the rights of the disabled and elderly and member of relevant mutually linked international organizations, is a member of the UK's The Society of Authors.
Acting chairperson. Keith Forbes. Phone 01323 471090. Or write to ESHDA, Flat 18, 16 San Diego Way, Sovereign Harbour North, Eastbourne, East Sussex BN23 5BG, England. firstname.lastname@example.org. At this time, members meet mostly by email..
Initially, it was not intended to form this group but instead help an Eastbourne Access Group (EAG). Before we began, we suggested the access group include in its accessible and wheelchair maps of the Sovereign Harbour area that there are also five scenic and tranquil inner harbour brick walkways around each harbour that are both wheelchair and mobility scooter accessible. But it declined. It seemed the remit of the Eastbourne Access Group does not extend to areas of disability concern in Sovereign Harbour also within the town boundary. The EAG states on its website "it works closely with other groups within the town and is always keen to welcome representatives from other organisations" but will not work with or mention or link to us on its website. In contrast, However, the Eastbourne Borough Council's Disability Involvement Group (DIG) at http://www.lewes-eastbourne.gov.uk/community/eastbourne-disability-involvement-group/ does so and we reciprocate. Thus our group was formed, to supply not only information about Sovereign Harbour and Eastbourne and area that other groups do not show but also, uniquely in both Eastbourne and the rest of the UK , how they compare with disability conditions and legislation abroad. Several of our members have recently lived and worked in the countries so can make these comparisons.
As suggested by our European, USA, Canadian and other readers and their disability groups now linking to us for the information we have that other local, regional and UK-wide disability groups do not, we have changed our name. We were the Sovereign Harbour Disability Association. We are now the Eastbourne & Sovereign Harbour Disability Association (ESHDA).
UK's disability laws and regulations protecting the disabled are poor in comparison, as we show below. 2017 Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work since 2016: Sarah Newton, MP. She is a junior Minister in the Department of Work & Pensions. See http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/DisabledPeople/RightsAndObligations/DisabilityRights/DG_4001068. The current UK law, the Equality Act 2010 - see www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2010/15/contents - which replaced the earlier Disability Discrimination Act, is a hugely watered down version of the (DDA); does not help any disabled person living in Britain to anything like the same degree as ADA does throughout the USA. Here in the UK, the social welfare system for the disabled is expensive, badly needs updating and improving. Yet many local disability groups are not demanding legislative changes at both local authority and national parliamentary level. There is no comparison with the USA's powerful and effective Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) - see http://www.ada.gov or similar in Europe, Canada and beyond. (In Canada see http://www.ccdonline.ca/en/socialpolicy/fda/1006).
The lack of UK legislative teeth has so infuriated some overseas visitors that they have complained publicly on five occasions (see our Emails). We got them because we are networked with overseas groups. When we sent the last of those emails to the Eastbourne access group involved, instead of being concerned and willing to refer them to their councils and legislators in hope of action to remedy defects, all we got were complaints. We have a World Wide Website duty to let all disabled visitors to the Eastbourne area from anywhere abroad who are long-used to disability provisions in their own countries being protected by law both in the public and private sectors, know they should not believe, from the incomplete access information they receive from any other UK source, that similar comprehensive disability laws apply here. They do not, as we demonstrate clearly in the following pages. Hopefully, when starting from late November 2017 the UK Parliament debates how European Law will be incorporated into UK law prior to Brexit, it will mean that much broader and comprehensive EU-wide Disability laws will replace the very inferior UK disability laws.
We will gladly link to and mention, without exception, any and all Eastbourne and area disabled and disability-friendly organizations when they reciprocate the courtesy.
For Tower of London, see https://www.hrp.org.uk/tower-of-london/visit/accessibility/#gs.WuiWzg8
Here in the UK and locally, there is no legally-required disability-friendly physical equal access under the Equality Act despite its name, to any shops, stores, public buildings historic or otherwise for disabled people, unlike in the USA, Europe, etc where national, regional and local buildings both public and private, services, routes and more must be disabled-accessible.
(In the USA, see https://www.access-board.gov/attachments/article/1350/adaag.pdf), There, in Canada and much of beyond, it is a legal requirement that all public and private building developments including hotels and those on historical registers must be fully accessible to the registered disabled. UK laws do not have these stringent requirements. They merely require owners of public and private buildings including churches to make "reasonable changes." See https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/law-and-courts/discrimination/what-are-the-different-types-of-discrimination/duty-to-make-reasonable-adjustments-for-disabled-people/.
Also, UK planning laws are governed mostly by local authorities, with only limited oversight by national legislation and make no formal disability requirements whatsoever in private sector building development or ongoing maintenance or redevelopment. Only Northern Ireland is somewhat more disabled-friendly, for new buildings only. Further, beyond the UK, whenever and wherever any public or private building or civic improvement or town planning works or town or city or other municipal entity occur, when affecting in any way anyone with a certifiable disability, a statutory minimum written notice of at least one calendar month is required. Not so here in the UK where there is no stated minimum-time requirement.
In the UK, national, regional and local government-regulated private and public-sector owned buildings used for residential accommodation of the disabled, elderly or mobility-impaired do not specifically require accommodation units to be disabled-friendly in accessibility or have lifts (elevators) or banisters on both sides of staircases or above-ground or below-ground garaged or disabled parking based on a certain number of non-disabled car parking spaces, unlike in the European Union, USA and elsewhere. Nor is there any legal requirement that areas outside the buildings that are not assigned car parking spaces be kept clear at all times for emergency vehicles.
Visitors to the UK who are disabled and UK residents are rarely able to go by tube or subway, especially in London where so few tube stations have lifts and ramps.
In the USA all who are registered as permanently-disabled carry a state-issued but nationally accepted identification card with their photograph, contact details and type of disability shown on it. (For a sample of what one US state (Illinois) does, see https://www.illinoislegalaid.org/legal-information/identification-cards-people-disabilities). In the European Union and certain other countries, similar identity cards are issued. Thus they can prove they are disabled and as such are entitled to use disabled facilities and services both nationwide and abroad. No such registration exists at national or county (local authority) level for any UK-based disabled. Which means that when moving house from one UK local authority area to another, or applying for disability or seniors disability benefits or concessions from a new area, the disabled have to reapply each time, using the cumbersome method for each application of sending a copy of the official disability letter issued at national level. Making matters worse is that each local authority has different regulations. There are several private-sector Disabled Identification and/or Access card issuers, each claiming their cards, issued yearly or for three years, at a cost of £10-£15 per person, are accepted by various organizations, but to date they have not said specifically that they are accepted by councils or local authorities in lieu of your official eligibility letter. All the latter will still require you, when applying for applicable benefits or concessions, to send relevant copies of your eligibility letter. So the private-sector disability identification card may not be of much value-for-money use.
Councils or local authorities, not any UK central government facility, issues all who are disabled and qualified by ownership, occupancy, size and disabled-friendly facilities where they live, with a 10% discount off their council taxes after the premises have been personally inspected by them and found suitable. They also issue when merited Disabled Parking Permits (for a fee). It is hoped - at least by this particular disability-focused entity - that councils or local authorities will, additionally, be able in future to issue appropriate disability identification when requested, again for a fee, of a type that will show what benefit they are receiving, mobility status and what they may be due, and be recognized internationally, nationally, regionally and locally, to eliminate the need to produce printed physical bulky documentation for each legitimate request.
Such a council or local authority-issued - legal government ID -Disability Identification Card should include:
For disabled individuals who qualify. Issued by local authorities (councils). The UK's Blue Badge Scheme is the equivalent to the USA's (free of charge) Physically Handicapped Parking Permit. A change to national legislation in 2007 allowed Councils to charge up to £20 for issuing or renewing Blue Badges. For those who do not have the appropriate documentation such as the Disability Living Allowance at the Higher Rate, which entitles them automatically to a Disabled Parking Badge (DPB), local Councils now make you go through a procedure get one.
There are no legally-required Disability/Handicapped Parking areas in any non-public supermarket, shopping malls, residential areas or other non-council parking places. In the UK, only in an area where charges are made for (public) parking is it an offence, under Section 47 of the Road Traffic Regulations Act 1984 if a person parks in a designated parking space without a blue badge; and then only for parking incorrectly, namely failing to observe "blue badge only" restrictions, not for deliberately depriving a blue badge holder of such spaces. There is no national government or council or local authority ability to impose a fine. Disabled parking bays in all non-public areas are provided on an advisory basis only and rely on the cooperation, but no more, of local non-disabled motorists not to use them. Because they are not legally enforceable there are constant reports of disabled parking badges abuses but nothing is done by local or national authorities or police. It is estimated that for every one able driver who obeys the signs, three do not. Such spaces are deemed to be private, not in the public domain. Shopping centres and their stores hire a private car parking company to monitor parking but clearly this is money wasted because nothing much if at all is ever done to make miscreant motorists pay dearly it it only very rarely that it will issue a parking summons. Those in the UK who need such disabled parking spaces endure some particularly rough times when they complain to offending motorists, with flagrant deliberate abuse of disabled parking signs when shopping at Aldi, ASDA, Lidl, Morrisons, Tesco and elsewhere in Eastbourne. This totally appalls visiting Americans, Australians, Europeans and others who stay at Eastbourne hotels or in private homes. In their home countries, police are empowered to ticket abusers.
UK laws to protect the disabled from misuse of signed disabled parking places are minimal when compared to laws in the USA, Canada, European Union and elsewhere.
Councils should bring penalties for deliberate abuse up to international code, not the pathetic £60 now, if imposed at all. Make it a minimum of £160 - the average in every state of the USA, for first offence, double that for the second, triple plus impoundment of vehicle for the third. Only when scofflaws realize it carries a heavy penalty will they stop.
When abuse - now legislated a disability hate crime - is directed to a disabled person in Eastbourne by someone who is does not have a disabled parking badge yet parks there in defiance of the latter, or for any other disabled-related injustice, that disabled person so abused should make a note of the offending vehicle's license plate number or home or working address and report it by telephone or fax or email to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS). See http://cps.gov.uk/. The nearest CPS office is in Hove, Brighton, at City Gate, 185 Dyke Road, Hove. East Sussex BN3 1TL. Tel: 01273 765600. Fax: 01273 765606.
As an example of such a Disability Hate Crime offence note that on 14/02/2017 a man was given a three month community order, after shouting and swearing at a disabled woman, after she challenged him about whether he had a permit to park in a disabled bay in New Ash Green. The victim, who uses two crutches to walk and is registered disabled, saw a car parked in the bay outside a doctor's surgery, but it was not displaying a blue badge parking permit, so she asked the man in the car if he had a permit. Billy Coleman then screamed abuse at the woman, related to her disability, making this a disability hate crime. He drove off, but was tracked down, after the woman remembered his number plate and asked a passer-by to write the details down. Mr. Coleman was also given an electronic curfew between 10:00pm and 6:00am for 48 days and this additional part of the sentence was only imposed because this offence was classed as a disability hate crime. This is known as a sentencing uplift, which increases the sentence for any offence where a defendant showed hostility or an offence is shown to have been motivated by hostility based on age, disability, homophobia and transphobia or racist and/or religious grounds. He was also ordered to pay £310 costs and an £85 victim surcharge. Chief Crown Prosecutor Jaswant Narwal said: "Disability hate crime is an insidious crime, where the victims are often those least able to defend themselves. This is why they are taken so seriously and sentencing uplifts, which recognise the hostility shown by the defendant, are imposed in these cases. Sadly, incidents such as this are not uncommon. For example, in another case recently, a man spat in the face of a disabled man, who was injured while serving with the Royal Air Force, in an attack over disabled parking spaces. These spaces are for reserved those who have been allocated permits because of their disabilities and it is extremely disturbing that we still have people who refuse to accept this and then abuse those who have a right to use them."
Blue Badge Parking for disabled people, House of Commons. See http://researchbriefings.files.parliament.uk/documents/SN01360/SN01360.pdf
Blue Badge Disabled Parking Restrictions in rest of UK, getting worse, not better. More and more councils were allowing Disabled Parking concessions only to those whose tax disc showed their vehicles were in the disabled tax class. But when the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) stopped issuing tax discs and moved instead to electronic records, many councils are now requiring all Blue Badge holders to bring their vehicle's V5C Registration Certificate (log book) and to register individually with them, for a fee of course. But all Motability customers (including these authors) don't have V5Cs because Motability retains them. Motability will allow its customers to obtain a copy but councils should not be imposing such new restrictions on the disabled.
Cases in point include the Cornwall Council, Borough of Poole and Bournemouth.
In other councils, for example, Rother District Council, Christchurch and East Dorset, special permits are now needed before Blue Badge Holders can park for free, not all day, in council car parks. And in the English Lake District, only the first half hour is free. Disabled drivers with Blue Badges, are advised to avoid the Lake District because there are often either very few places or none at all available in Lake District towns.
In huge contrast, in Scotland, disabled parking for permit holders is free all day.
Disabled or Health Condition affecting Driving. See https://www.gov.uk/health-conditions-and-driving.
Disabled or healthy, driving after 70. See http://www.ageuk.org.uk/travel-lifestyle/driving/?utm_source=yeu-2017-02-16&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=yeu-eng/?itv=CON-02565406&itc=0&ito=8617.
Parking Control, see http://www.ukparkingcontrol.com/disabled-parking
Parking for Disabled People. See http://www.ukroads.org/webfiles/TAL%205-95%20Parking%20for%20Disabled%20People.pdf
Providing Accessible Parking. See Parkingguide(finalwordversion).doc. Also has useful guides provided by the Department of Transport for the number of Disabled Parking Spaces in any one development based on the total number of parking spaces and how they should be signed and bordered.
UKPC Disabled Parking. See http://www.ukparkingcontrol.com/disabled-parking
However, note that residential disabled car parking spaces provided under the Disabled Car Parking Space scheme are advisory only, and have no legal standing (unlike in the USA, Europe, etc). Their use relies on the good will of people in the community. Be aware this may cost the applicant. In the UK it will not be for your use only. Anyone else who has a Disabled Parking Badge can park there.
Be aware that even you are disabled in accordance with the above criteria but live in a flat or terraced house in a private off-street development where there is a common driveway but no garage and have an assigned regular (not disabled) parking space not wide enough for a disabled person to access or exit safely, you may still not qualify for a disabled parking space. The Council cannot intervene in the matter because here in the UK, unlike in the EU or Canada or USA, etc. there are no national or local authority residential or planning regulations requiring private properties to provide genuinely-disabled persons with disabled parking. Only in public areas or on public streets is this required.
In all the residential areas of Sovereign Harbour there are NO disabled legally enforceable parking spaces. Unfortunately, the Eastbourne Borough Council and East Sussex County Council do not follow the example of European Union, USA and Canadian jurisdictions in requiring developers of private-area properties to have the same disability parking laws and provisions as in public or town or city areas.
When or before Brexit finally occurs by 2019, it is hoped all European disability laws will be encompassed into at least equivalent if not better UK laws. Disabled visitors will not find, when on business or vacation anywhere in the UK, disability legal protections equivalent to or better than laws applicable where they come from. The few laws or regulations that do apply are routinely ignored and there is no local or central or national authority to enforce them unless (a) the offences occurred in a public, not private place and (b) the local authority have the power and the will to enforce them vigorously. In nine cases out of 10 this is not possible and will not happen.
In comparison, here is how New Jersey, USA does it. See http://www.nj.gov/mvc/pdf/Vehicles/DDS-guide.pdf. Other US states have similar laws. Note the comprehensiveness of New Jersey and other states laws and regulations protecting residents of that state and the fines applicable, a minimum of $250 for the first offence with subsequent offences each $250 and up to 90 days community service for non-compliance, plus with their vehicles taken to a tow-away zone and the costs that entails. Every US state has something similar. Note also how a qualified disabled person can summon a Police Officer to assist. Registered disabled persons can request law enforcement officers to arrange for the removal to tow-away zones of vehicles unlawfully parked in handicapped parking spaces or zones. Law enforcement officers can enforce handicapped parking on both public and private property. Further, if someone who does not have a disability uses a disabled persons permit or licence plates, or misuses one of someone who has died, the motor vehicle licensing authority that licensed that vehicle can revoke that licence or deny renewal. Additionally, in the USA, the disabled and/or their accompanying carers (caregivers) who are doing the driving are exempted for up to 24 hours from the issuance of penalties for parking in a disabled space for up to 24 hours beyond the normal allocated times, providing they have the required placard or license plate. But none of these apply in the UK. Councils and storeowners with disability parking all have time limits of no more than three hours. Councils should require all UK police law enforcement officers in their jurisdiction, as they do in USA and Canada, to have powers to ticket Blue Badge offenders. Here in the UK, police are not law enforcement officers but act only as community service officers. Interestingly, UK visitors in particular to the USA, Canada, Europe, etc. who are not disabled and believe they can ignore Disabled (Handicapped) Parking regulations there as they do habitually in the UK have been fined heavily and have become a significant source of income to those jurisdictions. In view of their own financial hardships, councils here in the UK should make Blue Badge miscreants pay dearly for each time of an offence. Currently, in the UK a disabled person deprived of a disabled parking space by a miscreant means no or minimal punishment for the scofflaw but persons with dogs visiting graveyards can be fined up to £400 by their council for allowing their dogs to foul a graveyard.
In his letter dated 4 May 2006 addressed to the writer of this website, Bert Massie CBE, then Chairman of the UK's Disability Rights Commission - said in part: "I have experienced the strong enforcement exercised in the USA and Canada which ensures that parking bays for disabled motorists are only occupied by those people for whom they were designed. I would certainly welcome similar legislation in this country. As a wheelchair user myself and a driver I too am constantly frustrated by non-disabled people stealing disabled people's parking bays. The growing anger of disabled people is entirely understandable and I have called on several occasions for stronger law enforcement."
In the USA and elsewhere, property tax exemptions or heavy discounts for the disabled seniors, those over 65, are common, see those in Florida at http://floridarevenue.com/dor/property/brochures/pt110.pdf,also Washington State at http://dor.wa.gov/docs/pubs/prop_tax/seniorexempt.pdf and Georgia at http://www.georgialegalaid.org/resource/property-tax-relief-for-seniors-and-veterans as merely three examples of what all American states without exception and their local authorities have long been offering routinely to their senior citizens over 65 mostly when earning under US$50,000 annually, the disabled of any age and military veterans. Barbados, Bermuda, Canada, and European countries have followed the US example. There, they either no longer charge their disabled or over 65 year old owner-residents any council-tax equivalent property taxes if below a certain taxable value or apply a generous discount of up to 50%. In stark contrast, most elderly in the UK who are home owners or renters get no Council Tax relief at all unless they are either earning a means-tested minimum income to qualify or, if (a) disabled and (b) can qualify in one-band facilities requirements where they live.
Cap on USA's Property Tax payments for seniors: See https://www.cga.ct.gov/2003/olrdata/pd/rpt/2003-R-0873.htm.
See below for automatic property tax exemptions in USA on a state-by-state basis for disabled military veterans who once served in the US Armed Forces:
Minimum Disability Requirement
|Alabama||A disabled veteran in Alabama may receive a full property tax exemption on his/her primary residence if the veteran is 100 percent disabled as a result of service and has a net annual income of $12,000 or less. Exemptions differ between the state and counties, click here for detailed information.|
|Alaska||A disabled veteran in Alaska may receive a property tax exemption of up to the first $150,000 of the assessed value of his/her primary residence if the veteran is 50 percent or more disabled as a result of service. The exemption transfers to a surviving spouse if the veteran is deceased from a service connected cause.|
|Arizona||A disabled veteran in Arizona may receive a property tax exemption of $3,000 on his/her primary residence if the total assessed value does not exceed $10,000.|
|Arkansas||A disabled veteran in Arkansas may receive a full property tax exemption on his/her primary residence if the veteran is blind in one or both eyes, lost the use of one or more limbs or is 100 percent disabled as a result of service.|
|California||There are two categories for full property tax exemptions. Qualified veterans may receive a basic exemption if the assessed value does not exceed $100,000; or a low income exemption if the assessed value does not exceed $150,000 when the household income does not exceed $40,000. Both categories are for full property tax exemptions.|
|Colorado||A disabled veteran in Colorado may receive a property tax exemption of 50 percent of the first $200,000 of the actual value of his/her primary residence if the veteran is 100 percent disabled. A property tax deferral exists for eligible veterans over the age of 65 and for active duty personnel.|
|Connecticut||All eligible veterans in Connecticut may receive a property tax exemption of $1,500 from the total assessed value of his/her property if the veteran served at least 90 days of active duty during wartime and are honorably discharged. Veterans below a certain income level and/or disabled veterans are eligible for additional exemptions. Contact your municipality’s Tax Assessor for specific details.|
|Delaware||There are currently no state-mandated property tax exemptions for disabled veterans in Delaware.|
|Florida||A disabled veteran in Florida may receive a property tax exemption of $5,000 on any property he/she owns if 10 percent or more disabled from a result of service. If the veteran is 100% disabled as a result from service then he/she may receive a full property tax exemption.|
|Georgia||A disabled veteran in Georgia may receive a property tax exemption of $60,000 or more on his/her primary residence if the veteran is 100 percent disabled, depending on a fluctuating index rate set by the U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs. The 2016 amount is $63,780; property in excess of this exemption remains taxable.|
|Hawaii||A disabled veteran in Hawaii may receive a full property tax exemption on his/her primary residence if the veteran is 100 percent disabled as a result of service.|
|Idaho||A disabled veteran in Idaho may receive a property tax exemption up to $1,320 on his/her primary residence if the veteran is 10 percent or more disabled as a result of service and reported total income of $29,640 or less in 2016.|
|Illinois||A qualified disabled veteran in Illinois with a disability of at least 30-50% will receive a $2,500 reduction in EAV; those with 50-70% can receive a $5,000 exemption; and those with 70% or more pay no property tax.|
|Indiana||A disabled veteran in Indiana may receive a property tax exemption of up to $37,440 if the veteran served honorably during any period of wartime and is 100% disabled as a result from service, or is at least 62 years of age with at least a 10% service-connected disability.|
|Iowa||A veteran in Iowa may receive a property tax exemption of $1,852 on his/her primary residence if the veteran served on active duty during a period of war or for a minimum of 18 months during peacetime. A disabled veteran in Iowa may receive a full property tax exemption if the veteran is 100% disabled as a result from service.|
|Kansas||A disabled veteran or qualifying family member in Kansas may receive a property tax exemption on his/her primary residence if the veteran is 50 percent or more disabled as a result of service. The exemption amount is determined based on income.|
|Kentucky||Homeowners 65 and older or totally disabled as determined by a government agency in Kentucky may receive a property tax exemption of up to$36,900 on his/her primary residence.|
|Louisiana||A disabled veteran in Louisiana may receive a property tax exemption of up to the first $150,000 of the assessed value of his/her primary residence if the veteran is 100 percent disabled as a result of service.|
|Maine||A disabled veteran in Maine may receive a property tax exemption of up to $6,000 on his/her primary residence if the veteran is 62 years or older or is 100 percent disabled.|
|Maryland||A disabled veteran in Maryland may receive a full property tax exemption on his/her primary residence if the veteran is 100 percent disabled as a result of service.|
|Massachusetts||A disabled veteran in Massachusetts may receive a property tax exemption on his/her primary residence if all qualifications are met. To qualify, one must be at least 10% disabled, must have lived in MA for 6 months prior to enlisting and have lived in the state for 5 consecutive years. An exemption of $400 may be received if the veteran is 10 percent or more disabled, a Purple Heart Recipient or Gold Star parent. A $750 exemption may be received if the veteran lost the use of one hand, one foot or one eye; $1,250 if the veteran lost the use of both hands, both feet or a combination of the two, or if the veteran is blind in both eyes as a result of service. A veteran may receive a $1,500 exemption if 100 percent disabled as a result of service. The MA Department of Revenue prepared a full overview of local exemptions.|
|Michigan||A disabled veteran in Michigan may receive a full property tax exemption on his/her primary residence if the veteran is 100 percent disabled as a result of service. The state also offers a homestead tax credit and property tax relief for active military personnel.|
|Minnesota||A disabled veteran in Minnesota may receive a property tax exemption of up to $300,000 on his/her primary residence if the veteran is 100 percent disabled as result of service. Veterans with a disability rating of 70 percent or more may receive an exemption of up to $150,000. Surviving spouses of military personnel are eligile to receive a $300,000 exclusion.|
|Mississippi||A disabled veteran in Mississippi may receive a full property tax exemption on his/her primary residence if the assessed value is $7,500 or less and the veteran is 100 percent disabled as a result of service.|
|Missouri||A disabled veteran in Missouri may receive a full property tax exemption on his/her primary residence if the veteran is a former Prisoner of War and is 100 percent disabled as a result of service.|
|Montana||A disabled veteran in Montana may receive a property tax exemption on his/her primary residence if the veteran is 100 percent disabled as a result of service. The exemption amount varies based on income and marital status, as determined by the Montana Department of Revenue.|
|Nebraska||A disabled veteran in Nebraska may receive a property tax exemption on his/her primary residence if the veteran is 100% disabled as a result of wartime service.|
|Nevada||A disabled veteran in Nevada may receive a property tax exemption of up to $20,000 of the assessed value of his/her primary residence if the veteran is 60 percent or more disabled as a result of service.|
|New Hampshire||A disabled veteran in New Hampshire may receive a full property tax exemption on his/her primary residence if the veteran is 100 percent disabled, has lost two or more limbs or is blind in both eyes as a result of service. A disabled veteran that is 100 percent disabled may receive a tax credit of $700.|
|New Jersey||A disabled veteran in New Jersey may receive a full property tax exemption on his/her primary residence if the veteran is 100 percent disabled as a result of wartime service.|
|New Mexico||A disabled veteran in New Mexico may receive a full property tax exemption on his/her primary residence if the veteran is 100 percent disabled as a result of wartime service. Any veteran may qualify for a $4,000 reduction if the veteran served a minimum of 90 days consecutive active duty and was honorably discharged.|
|New York||A disabled veteran in New York may receive one of three different property tax exemptions on his/her primary residence. The exemption amount varies based on type of service, disability as determined by the New York State Division of Veterans Affairs and the value of the exemption as determined by the county or municipality.|
|North Carolina||A disabled veteran in North Carolina may receive a property tax exemption of up to the first $45,000 of the appraised value of his/her primary residence if the veteran is 100 percent disabled as a result of service.|
|North Dakota||A paraplegic disabled veteran in North Dakota may receive a property tax exemption for the first $120,000 on his/her primary residence or if the veteran has been awarded specially adapted housing. A disabled veteran with a rating of 50% or greater may receive an exemption against the first $6,750 of the taxable valuation.|
|Ohio||A disabled veteran in Ohio may receive a property tax exemption up to $50,000 of the market value on his/her primary residence if the veteran is 100 percent disabled as a result of service.|
|Oklahoma||A disabled veteran in Oklahoma may receive a full property tax exemption on his/her primary residence if the veteran is 100 percent disabled as a result of service. The Oklahoma 100% Veteran Disability Tax Exemption applies to sales tax, excise tax and ad valorem tax.|
|Oregon||A disabled veteran or surviving spouse in Oregon may receive a property tax exemption on his/her primary residence if the veteran is 40 percent or more disabled as a result of service. The exemption amount varies annually according to income and increases by 3% each year. The 2016 exemption amounts are $20,158 or $24,191.|
|Pennsylvania||A disabled veteran in Pennsylvania may receive a full property tax exemption on his/her primary residence if the veteran is 100 percent disabled as a result of wartime service. To be eligible a veteran must prove financial need, which according to the state is income less than $87,212. Veterans whose income exceeds that value may still be eligible.|
|Rhode Island||A disabled veteran in Rhode Island may receive a property tax exemption on his/her primary residence. The exemption amount varies based on county, the value of the property and the exemption category that the veteran qualifies for. There are seven categories: Veterans’ regular exemption, Unmarried Widow of Qualified Veteran, Totally Disabled Veteran, Partially Disabled Veteran, Gold Star Parents’ exemption, Prisoner of War exemption and Specially Adapted Housing exemption.|
|South Carolina||A disabled veteran in South Carolina may receive a full property tax exemption if the veteran is 100 percent disabled as a result of service. The disability rating from the Department of Veterans Affairs must include one of the following conditions: paraplegia, hemiplegia or quadriplegia, Parkinsons, Multiple Sclerosis (MS), or Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). A Homestead exemption is available for all persons over 65 and/or totally and permanently disabled.|
|South Dakota||A disabled veteran in South Dakota may receive a property tax exemption of up to $100,000 on his/her primary residence if the veteran is 100 percent disabled as a result of service. Paraplegic veterans may receive a full propery tax exemption.|
|Tennessee||A disabled veteran in Tennessee may receive a property tax exemption on the first $100,000 of his/her primary residence if the veteran is 100 percent disabled and has lost the use of two or more limbs or is blind in both eyes as a result of service. The exemption amount varies by county.|
|Texas||A totally disabled veteran in Texas may receive a full property tax exemption if the veteran receives 100% disability compensation from the VA and a rating of 100% disabled unemployability. Partially disabled veterans and those over the age of 65 may receive a property tax exemption based on their disability rating and age up to $12,000.|
|Utah||A disabled veteran in Utah may receive a property tax exemption on his/her primary residence if the veteran is 10 percent or more disabled as a result of service. The maximum exemption amount available to qualified veterans is $253,264. Active duty armed forces personnel may receive a full property tax exemption if he/she is deployed out-of-state for military duty.|
|Vermont||A disabled veteran in Vermont may receive a property tax exemption of at least $10,000 on his/her primary residence if the veteran is 50 percent or more disabled as a result of service. The exemption amount varies as each town votes on the amount. The maximum exemption amount allowed by the state is $40,000.|
|Virginia||A disabled veteran in Virginia may receive a full property tax exemption on his/her primary residence if the veteran is 100 percent disabled as a result of service.|
|Washington||A disabled veteran in Washington may receive a property tax exemption on his/her primary residence if the veteran is 100 percent disabled as a result of service. The exemption amount is based on income, as determined by the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs. Veterans with less than a 100% disability rating may receive a partial exemption.|
|West Virginia||A 100 percent disabled veteran or any veteran over the age of 65 in West Virginia is exempt from paying taxes on the first $20,000 of assessed value on a self-occupied property if the veteran was a resident of the state at the time they enter military service.|
|Wisconsin||A disabled veteran in Wisconsin may receive a property tax credit on their state income tax return for his/her primary residence if the veteran is 100 percent disabled as a result of service or has a 100 percent SCD rating. The veteran must have lived in WI when they entered into service or for a 5 year period after entering. The exemption amount varies.|
|Wyoming||A veteran in Wyoming may receive a property tax exemption of $3,000 of the assessed value of his/her primary residence if the veteran has lived in the state for 3 or more years and served during a period of war. Disabled veterans are eligible for the same exemption.|
|District of Columbia||A veteran must be over the age of 65 or disabled in order to qualify for a property tax exemption in the District of Columbia. The exemption reduces the veteran’s property tax by 50 percent. To qualify the veteran must own at least 50 percent of the property and annual income cannot exceed $100,000.|
In the UK, unfortunately, there are no such. disabled license plates. There are no signs at all on any cars that the driver or a passenger is disabled.
A small sampling of US States with special vehicle licence plates for the registered disabled
Every state in the USA issues these. It means that wherever in the USA a disabled vehicle driver may be traveling in his or her vehicle, irrespective of in which state it is registered, it has a specific unique and current disabled registration. They also alert non-disabled drivers to take extra care. Three examples are shown in the links, one from New York. See http://www.state.nj.us/mvc/pdf/Vehicles/HDC_Placard_Application.pdf. From Montana, at https://media.dojmt.gov/wp-content/uploads/MV5.pdf. One from California, at https://www.dmv.ca.gov/portal/dmv/detail/pubs/brochures/fast_facts/ffvr07. A further five examples are shown in the photos above. In all US states, an application from their disabled residents can cover both a disabled license plate and a parking tag (equivalent to a UK Disabled Parking card).
On a UK bus, some front seats are clearly signed to give priority seating to elderly, sight-impaired or blind, wheelchair-bound and mobility-restricted passengers. But this is often ignored, particularly when in the afternoons when regularly-scheduled buses stop near schools after 3 pm. Until recently, despite signage directed specifically to help wheel-chair bound passengers, mothers with infants in prams who occupy the wheelchair space can refuse to move. The driver was not able to order her to make way for the wheelchair-bound and the disabled had to wait for another bus. A Supreme Court hearing on this held on 18 January 2017 resulted in the wheelchair user winning his case. See https://www.equalityhumanrights.com/en/our-work/news/wheelchair-spaces-buses-must-be-priority-court-rules It is hoped this will lead to a requirement by the bus company to the driver to insist the pram user move or if not he will stop the bus until she does so. This recent court case resulted in only a partial victory for the disabled bus user. Why, because the law still does not make it clear that a wheel chair user always has priority, the bus driver must ask the offending pram user to move and she must do so by law, as is required abroad.
Disabled on Eastbourne buses. How Stagecoach may be able to help, see https://www.stagecoachbus.com/help-and-contact/national/i-m-disabled-how-do-i-find-out-if-i-can-use-the-bus.
The sign below-right now routinely appears on Britain's trains. But it is often ignored by able public transport users including mothers and fathers accompanying young children.
Local disability groups should now be asking their local train companies if, given the recent Supreme Court ruling relating to wheelchairs on buses (see above) finally getting some priority, the presently non-enforceable Priority Seating referred to below should now be legislated as enforceable.
Photo, right: Southern Railway train signage for the disabled on certain seats
Seats are not reserved, not even for the disabled with appropriate documentation, on any Southern Railway train.
However, with adequate notice, Southern Rail will offer valuable assistance to the disabled. Getting on and off trains, especially those with large spaces between the train and platforms, can be very stressful for disabled passengers. Railway staff are often asked to help the disabled at initial, intermediate and final stations of each journey and this is appreciated.
Southern Railway Priority Seat Card Application. New disabled residents should get one, as persons disabled and/or elderly and mobility-impaired.
Southern Railway Priority Seat Card. New disabled residents should get one, as persons disabled and/or elderly and mobility-impaired. On trains, there are disabled seats and also areas clearly marked specifically for the elderly and mobility-restricted as our graphic above shows. But these are frequently abused by non-elderly and not mobility-restricted passengers. Preferential seating is for those who need it, have particularly requested it on trains and in many cases have given adequate written proof to the rail companies concerned that they are entitled to it. But it is not legally enforced and many able passengers know it and may refuse without penalty to surrender their seats. In other countries, their disability laws make this legally enforceable and those who refuse are given often on-the-spot heavy fines for non-compliance.
Southern Railway Priority Seat Card Terms and Conditions.
Hotels for the Disabled in Eastbourne. From Hotels.uk.com. See http://www.hotels.uk.com/uk/East%20Sussex/Eastbourne-hotels.htm?facilities=disabled.
Wheelchair-accessible hotels in Eastbourne. From iknow-uk.com. See http://www.iknow-uk.com/england/sussex/east-sussex-coast/eastbourne/hotels/disabled-access/ .
The websites above claim many hotels in the town are accessible. They may be by UK standards but disabled/ handicapped overseas visitors should always confirm in advance directly with the hotel of their choice that it has the kind of accessibility they need.
Regrettably, on their websites many local hotels and guest houses, if they offer accessible rooms for the disabled, do not show they also have Disabled Parking facilities. There are no laws requiring them to do so, nor are there any that specify what general criteria they must meet in different types of disablement, such as wheelchair bound or able to use only a modified wet-room shower, not a bath with a shower above it that you have to step over to get in and out. Some hotels claim to be fully compliant yet many have only one room with a disability-friendly wet room. Other hotels claim they are disability friendly but their disabled rooms often have bathrooms with standard-length tubs not even supplied automatically with a safety tub mat. Before staying at any hotel all disabled guests should make a point of asking for a disabled room with a wet-room shower. Unfortunately for both hotels and the general public, when a person who is not really functionally disabled asks for a disabled room and one is available out of a very limited number, the hotels cannot refuse. Such a disabled room is often no longer available to a severely disabled guest. Unfortunately, there are no laws in Britain that require a hotel to ask a guest to show appropriate disability identification, as there is in the USA and elsewhere.
If when you get to a hotel, bring your valid Disabled Parking Card and ask to park in a disabled Parking area. If you cannot because someone else who does not have such a badge has parked there, complain to the hotel. It keeps a record of all cars parked at the hotel. If it will not contact the owner to move the car, then consider cancelling your reservation for cause or making a complaint to your nearest disability group, or both.
UK-based travel agents don't tell you, but should be required to, that if you are disabled in a wheelchair or using crutches or walking sticks or walkers (Zimmer frames) and/or are otherwise in any way mobility-impaired, you will encounter some substantial difficulties both on and off your cruise ship (on shore excursions). Here are the main problems:
Cabin bathrooms especially on ocean-going cruise ships, also on riverboats. Many are so tiny and narrow that those who have a mobility or balance problem and don't ask for a disabled-friendly cabin with its own wet room shower will suffer, especially in the showers seemingly designed for half-grown children.
Using a cruise-ship's elevator (lift). Although many cruise ships have them you may have to wait for many minutes to get one. Most often, they are packed.
Getting seating for the ship's shows. You'll miss out because by the time you get via wheelchair or by walking slowly due to your reduced mobility to the night club or venue, you may find that all seats are taken.
Shore excursions. You'll possibly go to some exotic ports, but in the Caribbean especially you'll have a problem. Why? Because cruise lines calling at Caribbean and other ports don't require those ports, for the business the cruise lines give them, to have disabled-friendly transportation. You won't be able to go on many shore excursions even though you may have pre-paid for them. Only in American and American-Caribbean (for example, Puerto Rico or St. Croix or St. Thomas or the other US Virgin Islands), or American-Pacific ports will you find these facilities, as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). In only a very few ports can ferries, when available, take wheelchairs and when they can most - except in US ports - don't have priority reserved seating for the elderly and/or disabled.
Unfortunately, despite what some disability-friendly holiday websites may claim, these authors know from personal experience that satisfactory disabled access holidays, while quite readily available in Europe, are not so in Bermuda, the Caribbean and elsewhere. In most ports of the Caribbean, disabled passengers in wheelchairs on cruise ships or traveling independently will not be able to go ashore and then take local mass transit (public transportation) buses or taxis or ferries. Only in the American ports of Puerto Rico or the US Virgin Islands where the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) applies will the latter be routinely available.
Also see Tourism for All at https://www.tourismforall.org.uk/National-Accessible-Scheme.html and its Overseas Guide at https://www.tourismforall.org.uk/Overseas-travel.html
Cruise ships sailing to and from from US ports are required by US laws have between 15 and 25 disabled cabins and staterooms, and to make them more roomy than for the non-disabled. cruise lines. In the USA, they are required by ADA regulations to ensure allow persons who are not disabled do not occupy staterooms intended solely for the disabled and their caregivers or carers. (Disabled persons, if denied a cabin specifically for the disabled, under American laws have specific legal remedies if such cabins are instead given by cruise ship operators to persons not officially registered as disabled and don't have appropriate disability and ID documentation to prove it). No such regulations apply under UK law.
(From the personal experiences of these disabled authors).
While river cruising is an easy and wonderful but not-cheap way to see lots of places, it is not ideal for any disabled or other passengers with mobility problems, for several important reasons. Most river boats do not have cabin and bathroom doors adapted (made extra-wide to allow access) for wheelchair users and some don't have lifts (elevators). If they do, the lifts may not go to all levels. Circular staircases lead to the least expensive cabins and are unable to be accessed by wheelchairs. Mobility scooters on board are neither possible nor practical. Getting on and off the vessel, especially for those with a balance problem, may be difficult. There are often steps up and down to the docks. Sightseeing in old towns with cobbled streets may be a problem. Not all places you visit will be wheel-chair friendly. Buses you take for shore excursions probably won't be.
elderly, disabled or mobility-impaired passengers on riverboats there can be
other hazards, again of the types not found on ocean-going cruise ships all of
which have elevators going up and down to all floors.
Some riverside towns and cities have only a limited number of riverboat
moorings. As a result, riverboats often have to go alongside each other. With
their different lengths, sizes and gangplank placements, it is not an easy
matter to negotiate them to get ashore, especially for the elderly and disabled
or the mobility-restricted. Your riverboat cruise staff will ask you to go
outside the ship, climb up the narrow staircase, go to the other side of the
ship, go down that side’s narrow staircase, then cross over to another ship
and do the same again. This poses unacceptable risks and dangers to the
disabled, mobility-impaired and elderly passengers on riverboats.
Accessibility seating for the disabled is offered but, not being in a public-sector place it is not legally enforceable under UK law .
Disabled toilets (bathrooms) and cinema or theatre seats in non-public buildings are often provided and marked as such but also often abused. When the abuse occurs there is no remedy or recourse except an ineffectual complaint, because present disability laws don't include them. Additionally, such facilities in non-public buildings are discretionary, not obligatory and the local authorities if and when complained to, will not take formal remedial action. Disability groups should be, but are not, pressing for local, regional and national action.
In Eastbourne see Congress Theatre, Devonshire Park Theatre, Winter Garden.
Disabled visitors and newcomers planning to attend a performance should first discuss their needs and any special requirements with the Box Office staff when booking tickets. They will try to ensure disabled theatre-goers are offered the most appropriate seats. The Congress Theatre offers an additional service for any group bookings i.e. residential homes, schools etc. who would benefit from arriving early. Please contact the theatre at 01323 415528 in advance to arrange for a Support Usher to welcome the group before everyone else. Leave a message for the Duty Manager who will make contact as soon as possible. At the Devonshire Park Theatre, entrance for wheelchairs users is to the right of the building. Please make yourself known to a member of the front of house team who will escort theatre-goers to this entrance. For ease of access, if entering the building through this door, it is suggested disabled visitors and their essential companions if also present purchase their tickets on this side of the auditorium, for seats number 1 onwards. There is also an Essential Companion scheme. Application forms are available from box office by calling 01323 412000 or by downloading the Essential Companion Scheme Application Form.
• Wheelchair accessible toilet
• Blue Badge parking (three or more spaces, not unlimited) near to venues
• Infrared Hearing System (Congress and Devonshire Park Theatre)
• Induction Loop System (Winter Garden and Devonshire Park Theatre)
• Patron Lift (Congress Theatre and Winter Garden)
• Guide Dogs welcome
• Orientation tours available on request
• Brochures available in audio format, request copy from box office on 01323 412000 or email email@example.com
• Audio Description provided at the Devonshire Park Theatre by the Friends of the Devonshire Park Theatre. Available Friday evenings and Saturday matinees of week-long productions.
It has disabled parking spaces with a sign saying they are for the disabled only with disability parking signs. But there are no discounts or free parking for disabled drivers. Because it is a private facility under UK law it is also not regulated for its disabled parking spaces.
See https://www.theaa.com/staticdocs/pdf/services/disabled_travellers_guide.pdf. Especially useful for disabled travellers from the UK going to Europe and beyond. It also makes clear that certain equipment in the UK, such as Radar keys for toilets, cannot be used in Europe or beyond.
See https://adata.org/faq/what-kind-law-ada. To compare with UK laws for the disabled.
See http://www.ageconcerneastbourne.org.uk/. Members include disabled residents.
Government must lead the charge. See https://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/women-and-equalities-committee/news-parliament-2015/disability-and-built-environment-report-published-16-17/
A valuable service for the disabled and their carers,
national card that can verify that if the holder is verified
as severely disabled and by paying a small annual fee can have accompanying carer
entitled to a free cinema
cardholder is the person requiring assistance, not the carer. See Cinema Exhibitors' Association
Good but subject to certain conditions. Providing the disabled person qualifies and the house or flat has the rooms to qualify. It is required under the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) and its successor the Equality Act 2010 for councils to assist the disabled who qualify and reduce council tax banding for those with a permanent disability. It applies to only one place, the sole residence of disabled applicants. They should apply promptly. With no national registration methodology, disabled persons who move from one local authority jurisdiction to another and have previously had a one band council tax banding for the disabled, don't qualify in the new local authority until they apply and meet the same criteria. Councils or their appointed agents will visit the property concerned to confirm eligibility.
See https://www.disability-grants.org/sign-me-up-disability-grants-news.html and http://www.disability-grants.org/disability-magazines.html.
Disabled Holidays Guide, See http://www.disabledaccessholidays.com.
Wheelchair Accessible Holidays at http://www.access-travel.co.uk,
Disabled/Elderly Holidays at http://www.disabilityholidaysguide.com/holidays-for-the-elderly.aspx.
A nice feature, handled very well by kind and sympathetic handlers at all UK and many overseas airports. Incredibly useful to the genuinely disabled, thanks mostly to European not UK disability laws. Most large UK airports now have special seating areas clearly marked for disabled-only. Unfortunately, taken advantage of by many, mostly from abroad, who are not certified disabled, merely expecting assistance.
London Heathrow Airport, see http://www.heathrow.com/airport-guide/special-assistance/how-to-get-help and http://www.heathrow.com/airport-guide/special-assistance.
For basic details, see https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/insurance-premium-tax-increase-to-standard-rate/insurance-premium-tax-increase-to-standard-rate and https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/notice-ipt-1-insurance-premium-tax/notice-ipt1-insurance-premium-tax. It currently amounts to over 12 percent of all insurance premiums. Presently, the only known exemption for the disabled is exemption from the insurance tax for Motability customers only. As there has long been disabled VAT exemption (see below), surely this should apply too?
VAT relief for Disabled People. See https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/419404/Disabled_Helpsheet__Construction_-final__2_.pdf. and https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/hm-revenue-customs/contact/vat-reliefs-for-disabled-and-older-people for what qualifies and what does not. Be sure to ask if the supplier will offer VAT-free billing if the item qualifies. when merited.
Eastbourne & Sovereign Harbour Disability Association (SHDA)
See http://www.lewes-eastbourne.gov.uk/community/eastbourne-disability-involvement-group/ kindly shows a link to us and we reciprocate it gladly.
Provided by the East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust at East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust. Hospitals are Eastbourne District General Hospital at http://www.esht.nhs.uk/hospitals/eastbournedgh/ , King's Drive, Eastbourne BN21 2UD. Phone 01323 417400 and Conquest Hospital, St. Leonard's, Hastings,see http://www.esht.nhs.uk/hospitals/conquest/. For car parking at Eastbourne District General Hospital see http://www.myhospitalmap.org.uk/Eastbourne/CarParkingatEastbourneDistrictGeneralHospital.aspx. Disabled Parking is shown.
Eastbourne District General Hospital
See http://eastbournemencap.org.uk/ Learning disabilities.
See http://www.messefrankfurt.com/frankfurt/en/besucher/anreise_und_aufenthalt/barrierefreier_zugang/europa_wc-schluessel.html?nc. Or see http://www.proinfirmis.ch/index.php?id=2670.
The UK's Radar key will not work anywhere in Europe, the EuroKey should be obtained.
As UK residents, if you've not already signed up for one and want to holiday in Europe, you'll need a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). It entitles you to free or reduced-cost health care if you get ill or have an accident in any European Union country. You will need to complete the online form (your card will be delivered in seven days) or by calling 0845 606 2030. Every family member needs a separate card. Before you apply, you need to have the name, date of birth and NHS or national insurance (NI) number of everyone you are applying for.
The EHIC lasts for 3-5 years and allows UK nationals resident in the UK, while they still can (until Brexit ends the arangement in 2019) to receive free or reduced-cost emergency healthcare when visiting European Economic Area (EEA) countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. The Department of Health website explains where the EHIC is valid. The treatment will be free or at a reduced cost, but private treatment is not usually covered. Should you need to make a claim once you return to the UK call the Overseas Healthcare Team (Newcastle), 0191 218 1999 (Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm). Renew your EHIC for free directly at www.nhs.uk/ehic. If you use an unofficial website you may have to pay.
It is also important to make sure you have private health insurance. This is because the EHIC will not cover all the costs of your treatment (for example, will not cover your costs if you are treated by any cruise ship or riverboat medical staff or anyone they have to call) and never covers the cost of getting you home (repatriation) if you are seriously ill. Supplementary, more inclusive EHIC coverage is available. If you are going to a non-European country, only very few countries offer any similar arrangement. For more information on the EHIC see the Department of Health's advice for travellers or call the EHIC Enquiries Line on 0845 605 0707.
See https://www.hearinglink.org/. Charity for those with hearing loss.
A very good, albeit not cheap service for the disabled, more generous in some respects than leasing arrangements directly with manufacturers. Presently, only Motability customers, not those using other forms of car financing, get exemption from the insurance tax referred to above. Motability dealers in Sussex include, see http://www.motabilitylifestyle.co.uk/classifieds/motability-car-dealers/sussex/eastbourne/dealers.htm
See BlobServlet-docId=14840&langId=en. See from the diagrams further on how they cover far more areas than in the UK, also look at private housing and facilities not just public facilities.
See http://www.orangebadge.co.uk/bathroom-solutions/level-access-showrooms-wet-rooms/ . Has a showroom in Lewes, installs showers for disabled, etc.
See Office for Disability Issues, UK Government, see https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/office-for-disability-issues.
Not part of Sovereign Harbour but near it. See present facility at http://www.eastbourneleisurecentres.com/SOVEREIGN_CENTRE/. As noted from the presentation at the 25th February 2017 meeting of the Eastbourne Borough Council-led Disability Access Group (DIG) by the developers, a brand-new, fully disabled-accessible Council-funded but to be privately managed Sovereign Centre is to be built by 2018 adjacent to the present facility. Its new disability-friendly features will include pools with ramps, lifts, nine disabled parking bays, mobility scooter bays, appropriately colored signage to assist the deaf, blind and more. For more details of where disability needs have been met to date, see newEastbourneLeisureCentre.pdf. It is hoped that it will also be possible at the new facility to charge the mobility scooters and electric wheelchairs of the disabled, so that they will be able if they wish to either proceed to the fabulous Sovereign Harbour walkways described below a mile or so away or return to Eastbourne.
For a Sovereign Harbour Residents Association Map, see http://www.shra.co.uk/maps.html.
Mobility scooter and wheelchair access. Sovereign Harbour is far and away the nicest, flattest and most scenic accessible place in Eastbourne for easy and lots of mobility scooter and wheelchair access for the disabled. Many people who live in Eastbourne, including the disabled, are not yet aware of this. Not yet on any Eastbourne area maps is the fact that four of the five harbours within the Sovereign Harbour group are completely accessible, not via the public Atlantic Drive and Pacific Drive roads but via their flat scenic brick pathways (walkways) immediately adjacent to their harbours, a wonderful surprise for the disabled in manual or electric wheelchairs, adapted cycles, small mobility scooters and the mobility-impaired who can walk a little unaided. The fifth, Sovereign Harbour North, is similarly accessible for about half its length. For new disabled residents and visitors it is possible, if their disability vehicles do not need charging en route, to travel the entire two-mile route from the Eastbourne town centre to Sovereign Harbour complex. See below some of the nice features of the harbour areas.
Sovereign Harbour flat brick pathway going around nearly all the five harbours, perfect for mobility scooters. Photos above cc Keith and Lois Forbes.
Presently, in the Sovereign Harbour retail areas, Disabled Parking Spaces available are at the ASDA/Crumbles retail centre (about 60 in total) and the Waterfront car park (20).. At ASDA/The Crumbles most of these spaces are close to shops and ASDA has to be complemented for having the largest number seen to date at any supermarket shopping centre in the UK. At the Waterfront complex, all 20 Disabled Parking spaces, despite being on the western end, closest to restaurants, shops and services are at least 150 yards away from them..
In the residential areas, the complete lack of properly signed and appropriately bordered legally unenforceable disabled parking nearly everywhere is a major problem to all the residents who are disabled among its 7,500 residents..
The complete lack of any disabled parking spaces at any of the units of flats in the Sovereign Harbour area in their below-building or adjacent parking areas is one major problem. Another is that some cars are parked so badly that they impede and slow or halt the progress of emergency vehicles to aid the disabled.. This lack of residential disabled parking was never addressed in the Sovereign Harbour Supplementary Planning Document of February 2013. Nowhere in its content does it mention the need for disabled parking areas for disabled residents, or the fact that the latter, because of their disability, need wider parking spaces than the norm. The obligations of individual developers to provide not only adequately sized and enough parking spaces for the able-bodied but sufficient wider international-standard Disabled Parking spaces as well for the registered disabled, is not specified. Instead, what clearly seems to have happened is that developers have crammed as many parking spaces as they can into their developments, many of which are so small they cannot easily accept longer and wider cars of today, and with none of the undercroft and only one (see photo above, which partially but not wholly meets the standard) having wider and properly disability-marked Disability Parking available.
When the superb The Waterfront complex (see http://www.eastbourneharbour.com) describes Sovereign Harbour in which it is located as "Eastbourne's international experience" and the entire harbour area has street and quay names from prominent places around the world, that "international experience" cachet should surely be followed by developers in creating parking and disabled parking to international standards in residential areas. This should be a requirement of the planning departments of local-authority councils instead of it being left solely to developers because their developments are not on public property. It has long been required and legislated internationally by planning departments of local authorities that these provisions be enacted on both public and private properties.
See http://www.gausden.com/swim/ . Every Sunday afternoon at Motcombe Pool.
For Frequently Asked Questions, see http://www.specialolympics.org/Common/Frequently-Asked-Questions.aspx
More will be added gladly with courtesy free electronic links to their websites when they return the courtesy with a cross-link/reciprocal link back to our main site at http://www.sovereignharbourgazette.org.uk Only UK-based websites will appear here unless there are compelling reasons to also show those abroad. (Generally, overseas websites, their facilities and services are conditioned by the laws of their own countries they serve, such as Canada or USA, so what they offer is not covered under UK laws). Sorry, we can't list organizations without websites. We reserve the right to discontinue linking to websites that won't reciprocate the linkage.
Accessibility for the Disabled. See http://www.un.org/esa/socdev/enable/designm/intro.htm.
|Action for ME. Information and support for those with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis.|
|Age Concern Eastbourne. See http://www.ageconcerneastbourne.org.uk/. Members include disabled residents.|
|Age UK. England, Northern Ireland and Wales.|
|Aidis. Helps people with disabilities to gain better access to the Internet through technology.|
|Alzheimer's Society. For those with Alzheimer's and their families.|
Apply for an Eastbourne Disabled Facilities Grant. See http://www.eastbourne.gov.uk/residents/housing/private-housing/assistance-grants/disabled-facilities-grant/
|Arthritis Care. For with arthritis. It aims to promote their health, well-being and independence through services, support, self-help, information and influence.|
|ASSERT. Support group of volunteers who have direct contact with people with Angelman Syndrome|
|Association of Young People with ME. Support and encouragement group|
|Anaurora. Internet magazine for disabled women by disabled women. Art, beauty, fashion, food, garden, home, fiction, health and well-being.|
|Assistance Dogs for the Disabled (1)|
|Association for Real Change (ARC). Membership organization supporting providers of services to those with a learning disability.|
|Association of Teachers of Lip-reading to Adults (ATLA). Professional association for teachers of lipreading to adults deaf or hard of hearing.|
|Association of Wheelchair Children. Promoting independence through wheelchair skills training. Specializes in the free training of children wheelchair-users.|
|British Association of Teachers of the Deaf (BATOD). Representing the interests of teachers of hearing impaired children and young people. Includes information on regional groups.|
|British Computer Association of the Blind (BCAB). A self-help group of visually impaired computer professionals and users who can help visually impaired people to access and use information and communications technology.|
|British Deaf Association (BDA). The UK's largest national organization run by Deaf people, for the Deaf. A community united by shared experiences, history and a common British Sign Language (BSL).|
|British Diabetic Association (BDA). Specialist advice and information on all aspects of diabetes, including links to other relevant organisations.|
|British Epilepsy Association. For those with epilepsy|
|British Heart Foundation. Support to heart patients and their families|
|British Hypertension Society|
|British Institute of Learning Disabilities. Improves the quality of life of all with a learning disability.|
|British Liver Trust. Those with liver disease, their families & carers|
|British Red Cross Society. Can provide urgent short loan medical equipment from various depots.|
|British Stammering Association (BSA). For adults and children who stammer. Reports on developments, new approaches to therapy, advances abroad, research and technology.|
|Brittle Bone Society. Information and advice|
|Care for the Carers, see See http://cftc.org.uk/.|
|Carers UK. Support, information and advice for carers|
|Care Homes/Nursing Homes for Physical Disabilities, East Sussex, see https://www.carehome.co.uk/care_search_results.cfm/searchcounty/East-Sussex/searchchtype/phsyical-disability.|
|Challenging Behaviour Foundation. Charity to improve lives and conditions of those with learning disabilities and challenging behaviour, their immediate families and carers.|
|Change. National organization promoting the rights of the learning disabled, especially the deaf or blind.|
|Children's Disability Service, Eastbourne, see https://www.escis.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/Children-27s-Disability-Service-LO-Oct-14-Bev-Moores-SK-16.10.pdf.|
|Choice Forum. Big, lively, online discussion forum on issues in the lives of those with learning disabilities in the UK.|
Cinema Exhibitors' Association
|Citizens Advice, Eastbourne. See http://www.eastbournecab.co.uk/|
|Citizens Advice. National UK network.|
Concessionary Travel in Eastbourne for disabled and over 60s. See https://www.stagecoachbus.com/promos-and-offers/national/concessionary-travel.
|Counsel and Care for the Elderly. Information and advice|
|Cystic Fibrosis Trust. Information and advice|
|Deaf@x. Improves the quality of deaf, deaf-blind, speech-impaired and hearing children and adults' lives by developing their communication skills, literacy and employability.|
|Deafblind. National charity providing a range of support services to deaf and blind adults and carers. It campaigns on behalf of deaf and blind people.|
|Deafsign. A source of information, contacts and discussion on issues related to deafness and sign language, with a forum for exchange of ideas/experiences to foster better links between deaf and hearing worlds, for families and professionals.|
|Department for Transport. It oversees the delivery of a reliable, safe and secure transport system that responds efficiently to the needs of individuals, including the elderly and disabled, and business whilst safeguarding our environment.|
|Department of Work and Pensions (DWP). It delivers support and advice to people of working age, employers, pensioners, families and children and disabled persons.|
|Depression Alliance. Help and information about depression.|
|Diabetes UK. British Diabetic Association - the leading charity working for people with diabetes, funding research, campaigning and helping people live with the condition.|
|Disability. DWP site on disability-related Government initiatives.|
|Disability Alliance (DA). Advice, information, campaign work, research and training.|
|Disability Benefits. Benefits and entitlements, a Government checklist|
|Disability Discrimination Act Helpline. Help and information service|
|Disability Hate Crimes committed by Disability Parking and other offenders. When abuse - now legislated a disability hate crime - is directed to a disabled person in Eastbourne by someone who is does not have a disabled parking badge yet parks there in defiance of the latter, or for any other disabled-related injustice, that disabled person so abused should make a note of the offending vehicle's license plate number or home or working address and report it by telephone or fax or email to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS). See http://cps.gov.uk/. The nearest CPS office is in Hove, Brighton, at City Gate, 185 Dyke Road, Hove. East Sussex BN3 1TL. Tel: 01273 765600. Fax: 01273 765606.|
|Disability Law Service. Free to disabled on many matters.|
|Disability Net. Internet based news and information service for the disabled and those with an interest in disability issues.|
|Disability Now. Disability newspaper championing the plight of the disabled.|
|Disability Research on Independent Living and Learning (DRILL), see http://www.drilluk.org.uk/|
|Disability Resource Team. Transcription and disability equality training|
|Disability Rights UK. Phone 020 7250 3222. Email firstname.lastname@example.org. New name for merger of Disability Alliance, Radar and National Centre for Independent Living. Much disability-related content including obtaining the Radar National Key for accessing 9,000 disabled toilets across the UK. Membership fees start from £7.50 for individuals and £50 for organizations.|
|Disability Rights Task Force. Information about what it does.|
|Disability Studies. A research unit within the Department of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Leeds, an international leader in the field of disability studies.|
|Disability UK. Provides a gateway to information on disability related products, charities, information, benefits and health, with links to other sites.|
Disabilities Trust, Eastbourne. See http://www.thedtgroup.org/.
Disabled Access Holidays. See http://www.disabledaccessholidays.com/.
|Disabled Information Service. One stop shop.|
|Disabled Living Foundation (DLF). Tries to provide the best possible choice for people who use equipment to live a more independent life. See its Access Solutions publication on the Internet.|
|Disabled Motoring UK. Previously known as Mobilise. A campaigning charity for disabled drivers, good source of disabled-relevant motoring information.|
|Disabled Motorists Federation.|
|Disabled Persons Railcard. Discounted railway fares for the disabled with Higher Rate of DLA or other relevant qualifications.|
|Disabled Persons Transport Advisory Committee, see https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/disabled-persons-transport-advisory-committee|
|Disabled on Eastbourne buses. How Stagecoach can help, see https://www.stagecoachbus.com/help-and-contact/national/i-m-disabled-how-do-i-find-out-if-i-can-use-the-bus.|
|Disabled Travel Advice. For accessible holidays.|
|Disablement Information & Advice Line ( DIAL). National organization, network of over 140 local disability information and advice services run by and for disabled people.|
|Dog AID. Providing access to dog training for those with physical disabilities, enabling them to train their pets in general obedience and in specialized tasks which will help them better manage their disability in everyday life.|
Duty to make reasonable adjustments for disabled people. See https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/law-and-courts/discrimination/what-are-the-different-types-of-discrimination/duty-to-make-reasonable-adjustments-for-disabled-people/. Under UK laws. USA (and other- country) laws are much more stringent, demanding full ADA or equivalent compliance.
|Down's Syndrome Association. For those affected and their families|
|Eastbourne Area Riding for the Disabled Association, at http://www.earda.org.uk/volunteer-information.|
|Eastbourne Blind Society, see http://www.eastbourneblindsociety.org.uk|
Eastbourne Borough Council's Disability Involvement Group (DIG). See http://www.lewes-eastbourne.gov.uk/community/eastbourne-disability-involvement-group/
Eastbourne Epilepsy Group. See https://www.eastsussex1space.co.uk/Services/1521/Eastbourne-epilepsy/
Eastbourne Mencap. See http://eastbournemencap.org.uk/ Learning disabilities.
|East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust.|
|East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre. See http://www.eshrc.org.uk/|
|Effectiveness of MPs in your constituency and elsewhere. Use this site to say who your MPs are and also look for others. No limits on what you can find out. Voting records are especially interesting.|
|Employers DDA requirements.|
|Enable Holidays. Or call 0871 222 4939. In association with SCOPE. Package holidays to meet the specific requirements of the disabled, their families and friends, in Florida, Spain, Portugal, Cyprus and Greek Islands.|
|European Disability Forum. European side.|
|FAST. A charity created to raise awareness of emerging technologies for disabled people.|
|Focus on Disability. Lots of general information and links for the disabled and carers in the UK.|
|Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities. Big, comprehensive site, about learning disabilities, news and events, resources and the work of the Foundation.|
|Good Access Guide. Trains auditors for DDA legislation.|
|Harbour Medical Practice. Sovereign Harbour|
|Hearing Concern (HC). Hearing loss and the ways its impact can be lessened.|
|Holidays for All. Holiday (vacation in USA) accommodation for the disabled. A great resource list.|
|Inland Revenue. Advice and Information on UK taxation issues.|
|International Stress Management Association. A charity promoting best practice in the reduction of stress.|
|Into Work. Building partnerships for development of opportunities for real employment and relevant training for those with disabilities in the Edinburgh and Lothian areas of Scotland.|
|JMU Access Partnership. Disability consultancy|
|Jubilee Sailing Trust. Hazel Road, Woolston, Southampton, SO19 7GB. Phone 023 8044 9108. Fax 023 8044 9145. It enables able-bodied and physically disabled people at all levels of disability to share the adventure of tall ship sailing.|
|Kwik Fit. Motability customers rely on Kwik Fit for tyres repair or replacement and via the website can make appointments.|
|Leonard Cheshire. A leading charity named after a WW2 hero, a provider of care and support to people with disabilities, both in the UK and in more than 50 countries around the world. Has a wonderful Holidays for All Consortium pressing for accessibility.|
|Limbless Association. Works with and enable individuals with acquired and congenital limb absence and their carers to achieve and sustain their independence in home, hospital, education employment and the community.|
|Long Term Care Problems. Useful guidance re options, costs, more to a hugely complex concern.|
|Looking for Work if You Are Disabled. Helpful Government website.|
|Lothian Centre for Integrated Living (LCIL). Inclusion and independence for the disabled.|
|Low Income Tax Reform Group. Including disabled and seniors. Useful info.|
|Lymphoma Association. Support for those with Hodgkinson's disease|
|Marie Curie Cancer Care. Nursing care & support for people with cancer|
|ME Association. Information, training and research resource for ME/CFS, throughout the UK.|
|Mencap. Learning disability charity for those with a learning disability and their families and carers.|
|Mental Health Foundation. Charity improving the lives of people with mental health problems and learning disabilities.|
|Mobility Friendly Homes. Phone 08456 120280. Unique agency features what most other estate agents and their relevant county-wide organizations ignore, homes that make them suitable - mobility friendly -for people with disabilities. Namely, things like ramps, level ground, lifts, wide doorways and wheelchair access.|
|Morrison's. National supermarket chain with disabled parking for disabled customers and their carers.|
|Motability. A national UK charity, which helps the disabled and their families to become mobile through providing a range of cars and other accessible vehicles to those qualified to have them, via some or all of the Higher Mobility component of their DLA or equivalent.|
|Motability Lifestyle. Motability's useful and informative online Magazine.|
|Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Association. Loans equipment and provides direct care and support for those with Motor Neurone Disease and their carers.|
|Multiple Sclerosis Society. For those with Multiple Sclerosis|
|Muscular Dystrophy Campaign. Provides practical, medical and emotional support those affected by the condition.|
|National Association for Special Educational Needs. For those with exceptional learning needs|
|National Association of Citizens Advice Bureaux (NACAB). They provide free, confidential, independent and impartial advice on a range of subjects, from vetted volunteers.|
|National Autistic Society. For those with autism & their carers.|
|National Centre for Independent Living. See under Disability Rights UK.|
|National Deaf Children's Society (NDCS). UK charity supporting deaf children, young deaf people, their parents, carers, families and professionals working on their behalf.|
|National Institute for Clinical Excellence. Has a campaign for diagnosing and managing ME (chronic fatigue syndrome, or CFS)|
Nationwide Disabled Access Register. See http://www.directenquiries.com/disabledaccess.aspx.
|Neurological Alliance. Unites charities working to improve the quality of life of all those in the UK living with a neurological condition.|
|Office for Disability Issues, UK Government, see https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/office-for-disability-issues|
|Opportunities for People with Disabilities. A free service to employers and those with disabilities looking for work; it includes details of regional offices.|
|Parasport. Inspires, informs and educates the disabled about disability sport.|
Parking for disabled people. See http://www.ukroads.org/webfiles/TAL%205-95%20Parking%20for%20Disabled%20People.pdf
Parkinson's UK Eastbourne Branch. See https://www.parkinsons.org.uk/local-support-groups/regions/south-east-england/eastbourne-branch
|People First. For those with learning difficulties.|
|The Princess Royal Trust for Carers|
|RADAR - see Disability Rights UK.|
|Rehabilitation Engineering Advisory Panel (REMAP). National charity providing one-off technical aids to help disabled people of all ages to enjoy a better lifestyle. Aids are given free of charge to the user.|
|Remploy. UK's largest provider of employment for the disabled.|
|Research Institute for Consumer Affairs (RICA). A national research charity dedicated to providing independent information of value to disabled and older consumers.|
|Rough Guide to Accessible Britain. Produced in association with Motability. Includes info on disabled parking, wheelchair access and more.|
|Royal Association for Deaf People (RAD). Established in 1841 and eldest of major charitable bodies for welfare of the deaf in England. Phone 020 7250 3222.|
|Royal British Legion Support organization for ex servicemen/women, most of them elderly or disabled|
|Royal National College for the Blind. UK’s leading residential college for persons (16+) blind or partially sighted|
|Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB). UK's leading charity for people with sight problems - offering information, support and advice. The site has links to the VISAGE employers’ website, with extensive information on employment issues including available technology and workplace integration. Also links to regional groups and organisations.|
|Royal National Institute for the Deaf (RNID). Britain's leading charity for the deaf and hard of hearing. Provides a range of information and links, such as Sound Advantage, which can advise on equipment, and to regional offices and groups; also provides a consultancy service including an access audit.|
|Royal Society for Mentally Handicapped Children and Adults (MENCAP). Britain's leading charity working for those with learning disabilities and their families. It promotes training and recruitment of people with learning difficulties, and has a particular focus on supporting employees and employers through the PATHWAY scheme.|
|Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (ROSPA). Of great interest to disabled and pensioners|
|Samaritans. Emotional support for people in crisis.|
|Sense. World's largest organization working with and campaigning for the deafblind, their families and professionals who work with them. With links to regional services.|
Scope about disability. See https://www.scope.org.uk/support/disabled-people/money/mortgages-hold
|Shape. For disabled, deaf and elderly in the arts and cultural industries.|
|Shaw Trust. Enables many with disabilities to achieve their work potential by supporting them in jobs, training and work related activities. Works closely with employers to develop opportunities through supported employment, work experience and training.|
Shinewater Court, Eastbourne. See http://www.thedtgroup.org/physical-disabilities/our-services/shinewater-court/
|SKILL. Promotes opportunities for young persons and adults with any kind of disability in post-16 education, training and employment. It also provides individual support to the disabled, their families/enablers, carers, by offering an information service by phone, letter and other ways, and by publishing books, booklets and information leaflets.|
|Sovereign Harbour Disability Association, Eastbourne.|
|Speakability. National charity supporting those living with aphasia and their carers.|
Special Olympics, Eastbourne. See http://www.specialolympicseastbourne.org.uk/
Special Olympics. For Frequently Asked Questions, see http://www.specialolympics.org/Common/Frequently-Asked-Questions.aspx
|Spinal Injuries Association. Support for those with or affected by disabling spinal chord injuries.|
|Steps Charity for Those with Lower Limb Abnormalities. Aims to help families of children with lower limb abnormalities, providing support and vital services such as a helpline, annual events, publications and more.|
|Stop Smoking (a) www.quit.org.uk or NHS Smoke Free at http://smokefree.nhs.uk.|
|Stroke Association. Provides support for those who have had strokes, their families and carers.|
Sussex Association for Spina Bifida & Hydrocephalus (SASBA). See http://www.sasbah.org.uk.
Sussex Yacht Club Sailability for the disabled. See http://sussexyachtclub.org.uk/sailability
The Chaseley Trust, Eastbourne. See http://chaseley.org.uk/.
|Thrive. A national charity promoting the use of gardening and horticulture for employment and training, therapy and health. Supporting a network of specialist projects running programs of horticultural activity; providing expert advice on gardening specifically for disabled and OAPs; researching and promoting the benefits horticulture can bring to disadvantaged, disabled and OAPs.|
|Through the Roof. Aims to equip churches or equivalent to become disabled-friendly in all their activities. Advises on the implications of the Disability Discrimination Act and seek to provide resources to enable them to meet Act requirements.|
|Tourism for All. Working to create an accessible mainstream tourism industry for the disabled.|
|U Can Do IT. (formerly WAACIS). Registered charity enabling the blind, deaf and disabled in London to learn how to use the internet in their own homes at a cost they can afford.|
|VAT relief for Disabled People. See https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/hm-revenue-customs/contact/vat-reliefs-for-disabled-and-older-people for what qualifies and what does not.|
|Vitalise (formerly Winged Fellowship Trust). Provides essential breaks for the disabled and visually impaired and their carers.|
|Whizz-Kids. Provides customized mobility equipment to disabled youngsters to increase their independence and improve the quality of life, plus help in raising awareness of mobility-related issues.|
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