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Council signs up to Government Disability Confident scheme

Published on Friday, 4th November 2016

Disability Confident Employer

Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council has signed up to a Government scheme and become a Disability Confident Employer.

The Disability Confident program, which aims to improve work opportunities for physically and mentally impaired jobseekers, encourages employers to recruit and retain disabled people in their workforce.

This shows that we’ve identified and removed barriers in the recruitment of disabled people, tapped into the support available, and successfully offered an opportunity to or hired local disabled job seekers.

According to Government statistics around 17% of working age people in the UK have a disability. Latest figures show that employment prospects for disabled people are improving.

There are now more than 3.3 million disabled people in employment, up 365,000 over the past two years.

Cllr Gwynne Pomfrett, portfolio holder for Central Services, said:

“Local authorities have a major role to play in promoting disability confidence.

“Getting disabled people into work is a top priority and it is vitally important that employers invest in their disabled employees to develop confidence and resilience as this has the greatest impact on a person’s ability to ask for a workplace adjustment."