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Nottinghamshire County Council named Disability Confident Leader

01 October 2021

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Nottinghamshire County Council has been named a Disability Confident Leader for its exceptional work creating an equal and inclusive working environment for its employees.

The coveted accreditation has been awarded to the County Council by the Department of Work and Pensions as part of its Disability Confident Employer scheme.

It means the authority has adhered to a number of measures set out by the government to ensure disabled people and those with long-term illnesses have an opportunity to fulfil their potential and realise their aspirations.

The County Council will be an accredited Disability Confident Leader for three years and the status will help it make the most of the talents disabled people can bring to the workplace.

Councillor Gordon Wheeler, Chairman of the County Council’s Personnel Committee, said he was delighted the authority had been recognised.

He said: “We are extremely proud to have been given Disability Confident Leader accreditation and I would like to thank everybody involved for their hard work in making this possible.

“Nottinghamshire County Council is committed to being a Disability Confident Leader and providing an equal and inclusive working environment – ensuring that people with disabilities or long-term conditions have access to the same opportunities as everybody else.”

The County Council will now promote the scheme to other local authorities and external partners, as well as encourage employers in its supply chain to demonstrate their commitment to equality and inclusivity by signing up to the Disability Confident Scheme.

It will also continue to develop its successful inhouse coaching, mentoring and buddy programmes to ensure disabled employees are supported and will offer peer support to other employers looking to introduce similar initiatives.

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