Council praised for helping disabled people into work

PUBLISHED: 10:00 22 October 2017

The council has been praised by the Department for Work and Pensions.

The council has been praised by the Department for Work and Pensions.

North Somerset Council

North Somerset Council is ‘setting an example to local authorities across the country’ for helping disabled people fulfil their potential.

North Somerset is one of only two councils in England to be awarded leader status under the Department for Work and Pensions’ (DWP) Disability Confident Scheme.

The scheme recognises authorities which are committed to helping people with disabilities and long-term health conditions into work.

Brian Keating, of the DWP, congratulated the council on being awarded the status.

He said: “Having recognised the benefits of becoming a Disability Confident Leader, North Somerset Council is setting an example to other local authorities across the country.”

Council chief executive Mike Jackson said: “Achieving leadership level reflects our role in championing the needs of disabled people in the community, as well as how we support and recruit our own staff.”

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