The Fair4All Card is a physical, secure, credit-card sized photo-ID card that is given to eligible disabled people who wish to be able to definitively establish their legal entitlement to reasonable adjustments or exemptions from lockdown regulations.
The Fair4All Card helps disabled people access exemptions, services and facilities reserved for them, and help to avoid unnecessary conflicts with service providers.
In August, a survey showed us that disabled people in Buckinghamshire would feel more comfortable if they had a physical card to present to shops, services and organisations if they were challenged about exemptions or reasonable adjustments.
It was also noted that other schemes do not require evidence and, as such, offer less credibility. The Fair4All Card requires the same level of evidence as would be required in the County Court.
BuDS has created the scheme. It is recognised by Thames Valley Police, Buckinghamshire Council, and Aylesbury Town Council. It also has support from The National Lottery and The Rothschild Foundation that allows us to fund staff salaries.
Disabled people in Buckinghamshire can present their Fair4All Card to participating shops, services and organisations (known as Fair4All Card Partners) and be assured in the knowledge that the Partner will acknowledge the exemptions and reasonable adjustments that they are entitled to as a disabled person.
BuDS requires all card holders to present evidence before creating a card. The evidence is assessed by expert volunteers who are aware of the evidence that would need to be presented if the card-holders case went to court.
Yes. Thames Valley Police have said that their officers and PCSOs will be aware of the scheme. However, it must be made clear that Thames Valley Police do not require anyone to present a card to prove their entitlement to reasonable adjustments or exemptions.
BuDS has set up and funded the Fair4All Card Scheme using general charity funds. A small grant from Aylesbury Town Council contributed towards the cost of the card printer and software, and some scheme publicity. The Fair4All Card Scheme is run primarily by a team of 16 volunteers supported by two part-time staff. The salaries of the staff have been funded in 2021 by The National Lottery Community Fund and The Rothschild Foundation.
To begin with, the Fair4All Card Scheme will be available in Aylesbury-based supermarkets. BuDS will then expand to other supermarkets across Buckinghamshire, beginning in other large towns.
Once supermarkets are in place, BuDS will begin to roll-out the scheme to other essential Aylesbury-based shops, services, and organisations. Following this, a county-wide roll-out will begin.
In the future, BuDS may be able to consider extending the scheme to other neighbouring counties.
Although the Fair4All Card Scheme is primarily run by volunteers, and is therefore very low cost, the creation of the cards incurs cost, as do printing materials and other essential activities. The £5 administration fee is designed to cover these essential costs. BuDS consulted widely with disabled people before setting this fee and many respondents said they would be happy to pay £5
BuDS is determined that cost will not be a barrier for Card Holders, so the administration fee will be reduced or waived if necessary.
BuDS does not require Fair4All Card Partners to pay to join the scheme. All training is provided free-of-charge, and materials can be downloaded as needed.
BuDS wants the Fair4All Card to be recognised by as many shops, services, and organisations as possible, and the advice we received from business organisations was that making a charge for businesses to join the Fair4All Card Scheme would be a significant barrier to take up.
BuDS consulted both businesses and disabled people before launching the Fair4All Card Scheme and the feedback received was overwhelmingly positive. As the scheme rolls out in Buckinghamshire, we will regularly collect feedback from Card Holders and Card Partners and publish this on the Fair4All Card website.