On Friday, 28 November, Tom Brake MP hosted the second ever Disability Confident event at St. Michael’s Centre in Milton Road in Wallington. The event was aimed at encouraging employers to become more confident about employing disabled people.
The event is part of the Disability Confident campaign, through which government is working with employers to remove barriers, increase understanding and ensure that disabled people have the best opportunities to fulfil their potential. Employers are crucial to improving employment outcomes for disabled people.
Local MP Tom Brake jumped at the chance to hold this event in Carshalton and Wallington.
Commenting after a very successful day, Tom said: “There are many myths about disabled people at work taking many days off sick, costing money to have adjustments made in the workplace and launching unfounded discrimination claims. In fact, all of these myths are wrong. I am pleased people with disabilities, employers who employ disabled people and potential employers were at the event. It was interesting to listen to their experiences and dispel some of the wilder notions about work and disability.”
Cllr Jayne McCoy added, “I was very pleased to attend this event which highlighted the great contribution that people with disabilities can bring to a business and debunks the difficulties associated with their employment."
Guest speakers included Kathryn Townsend and Danny Reardon from Barclay’s Accessibility Programme, Janine Loft from JobCentrePlus, Chair of the Housing, Economy and Business Committee and Steve Triner from the Sutton Citizens Advice Bureau.
There are around 10 million disabled people in the UK – 18% of the population – who contribute over £80 billion a year to the UK economy.
To find out more about the Disability Confident Campaign, visit the website at www.gov.uk/government/collections/disability-confident-campaign.