North Somerset Council 'setting an example' to other authorities for disability support work

PUBLISHED: 09:00 24 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

A local authority has been praised for its work to help disabled people into a career and fulfil their potential.

North Somerset Council is ‘setting an example to local authorities across the country’, according to the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

The council has been awarded leader status under the DWP’s Disability Confident Scheme.

Brian Keating, of the DWP, congratulated the council, which is one of only two local authorities in England to be 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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