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Purbeck District Council Awarded For Being ‘Positive about Disability’


1:04pm 22nd October 2014

Purbeck District Council's been given an award for its positivity in employing and retaining disabled people.

Job Centre Plus runs the accreditation scheme on behalf of the Department of Work and Pensions.

It's the 4th year in a row the council has received the award.

To receive the award, the District Council had to meet five commitments relating to the employment of disabled people:

- Interview all applicants with a disability who meet the minimum criteria for a job vacancy and consider them on their abilities.

- Ensure there is a mechanism in place to discuss, at any time, but at least once a year, with disabled employees what can be done to make sure they can develop and use their abilities

- Make every effort when employees become disabled to make sure they stay in employment

- Take action to ensure all employees develop the appropriate level of disability awareness needed to make these commitments work

- Each year, review the five commitments and what has been achieved, plan ways to improve on them and let employees and Jobcentre Plus know about progress and future plans.     

Councillor Gary Suttle, Leader of Purbeck District Council, said:  "Purbeck District Council is committed to creating an environment which encourages disabled people to seek and maintain employment with us.  

"We are delighted that Job Centre Plus continues to recognise this commitment by awarding us with this accreditation."

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