Disability Confident scheme

Last week, I visited JobCentre Plus in Dartford where I learned more about the businesses taking part locally in the Disability Confident scheme.

With ‘International Day of Persons with Disabilities’ on Monday, it was very timely to hear about the work being done locally to support people with disabilities getting into work.

In the UK, millions of people live with a disability and in the last four years, 600,000 more disabled people have moved into work.

Disability Confident supports employers to make the most of the talents that disabled people can bring to the workplace and there are now thousands of businesses in the UK involved in the scheme. Through the scheme, employers are helping to challenge attitudes towards disability, increase understanding of disabilities and ensure that disabled people have the chance to reach their full potential.

In Dartford, Bluewater has become the first shopping centre in the UK to become a Disability Confident Leader and it recently took part in Purple Tuesday, which was the UK’s first accessible shopping day. It provided an opportunity for retailers to improve customer service for disabled people and Bluewater marked the occasion by being lit up in purple.

The Government also announced this week, it is recruiting six new disability champions to help tackle the issues disabled people face as consumers.

It is great to know that so many businesses in Dartford have signed up to the Disability Confident scheme and they are supporting people with disabilities to find work. I would urge every business to take part and become a Disability Confident champion.