Having a disability shouldn’t bar people from getting jobs, being trained or receiving good customer service.
As well as understanding the requirements of complying with anti-discrimination legislation, employers are increasingly aware of the importance of having a diverse workforce and the importance of being inclusive to attract and retain people with the skills they need. However, people with disabilities have an unemployment rate of 9.1 per cent compared to an unemployment rate for people without disabilities of 3.6 per cent (Disability Rights UK 2018).
Having a disability shouldn’t bar people from getting jobs, being trained or receiving good customer service. It’s in the best interests of any organisation to understand and respond positively, in practical and reasonable ways, to disability-related issues. Being a genuinely inclusive employer will benefit a local authority’s reputation and brand, impacting their ability to recruit great people and being attractive to customers.
The LGA gained their Level 3 Disability Confident Leader status in August 2018 and are taking an active leadership role in encouraging and helping other employers on their journey to becoming Disability Confident.
The LGA is a Disability Confident employer, and this means that we will act as a champion to encourage and support local authorities to become disability confident and demonstrate diversity and inclusion in the workplace.
Disability Confident campaign
Nearly seven million people of working age in the UK are disabled or have a health condition. There has historically been a large gap between the numbers of disabled people employed compared with non disabled people.
The Disability Confident campaign, launched in July 2013 by the Prime Minister, encourages employers to become more confident about employing disabled people and the term Disability Confident is increasingly becoming industry shorthand for best practice in disability employment.
Through the Disability Confident campaign, the government is working with employers to remove barriers, increase understanding and ensure that disabled people have the opportunities to fulfil their potential and realise their aspirations. Employers are crucial to improving employment outcomes for disabled people.
As we approach the third year of the campaign, the government is aiming to halve the disability employment gap. We're asking employers to tell us what disability confidence means to them and how they are working with their employees and networks to make their organisations more inclusive and accessible. And it doesn't have to be complicated - just ‘doing one thing' will make a real difference in helping disabled people into employment.
We're working together to:
- break down the barriers and challenge negative attitudes towards employing disabled people
- increase awareness and understanding of the business benefits and support available to recruit and retain disabled people
- offer real opportunities such as work experience placement for young disabled people or mentoring support.
Get involved by:
- visiting the campaign site
- telling us how you're making a difference: firstname.lastname@example.org
- joining the Disability Confident LinkedIn group.
Using the #disabilityconfident hashtag to promote stories through your social media networks.
Disability Rights UK
Disability Rights UK is focused on improving the employment chances of disabled people. They have a range of initiatives to help to achieve this.