MP Invites Businesses to become Disability Confident

The MP for Hastings and Rye is inviting local businesses to a Disability Confident event in July so they can learn about the benefits of employing disabled people.

Amber Rudd will be hosting a breakfast meeting in July along with the local Department for Work and Pensions office to promote the Disability Confident scheme, and to encourage local businesses to sign-up to stage one of the journey.

Disability Confident is a nationwide government scheme where employers sign up for free and are provided with resources and guidance on employing people who have a disability and the benefits that someone with a disability can bring to their business.

The Hastings and Rye MP signed up her Parliamentary Office last month, and is now a Disability Confident Committed employer. This is the first stage in the scheme’s journey, with two more levels employers can sign up to if they fulfil the requirements.

Amber commented:

“Disabled people across the country, and here in Hastings and Rye, provide an invaluable contribution to the workforce and it must be a priority to close the disability employment gap.

“In July, I am holding a Disability Confident breakfast meeting to bring local employers together to hear first-hand from businesses already signed up to the scheme about the benefits that it can bring, and to understand from the DWP how easy it is to get involved. I am looking for local businesses who would like to find out more information about this scheme to contact my office.”

If you are a local employer, and you are interested in coming along to find out more information, then email:

You can find out more information about Amber’s commitment to the Disability Confident scheme here:



Picture: Amber is pictured in front of the Disability Confident logo.