Today Amber Rudd has committed to making her office Disability Confident and has signed up to the Department for Work and Pension’s nationwide scheme.
In order to sign up to the first level of the Disability Confident scheme, Amber has committed her office to supporting the following principles:
- Ensure its recruitment process is inclusive and accessible;
- Communicate and promote vacancies;
- Offer an interview to disabled people if they meet the minimum criteria for the job;
- Anticipate and provide reasonable adjustment as required, and;
- Support any existing employee who acquires a disability or long-term health condition to stay in work.
Also, as part of the Disability Confident Scheme, Amber’s office will ensure that local constituents with disabilities are able to undertake work experience in the Palace of Westminster.
“Having a disability should not be a hindrance to work and I am fully committed to support this scheme within my Parliamentary Office. I look forward to working with the DWP on committing more businesses to sign up.”
Amber has also accepted the challenge by the Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work, Penny Mordaunt MP, to encourage thirty local businesses in Hastings and Rye to support this scheme over the month of April. More information will follow shortly on this challenge.
Notes to the editor:
- More information on becoming Disability Confident can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/disability-confident-how-to-sign-up-to-the-employer-scheme