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Melton Borough Council receives Disability Confident Leader status

Published Thursday, 23rd January 2020

Melton Borough Council are now one of only eleven local authorities nationally and the first in Leicestershire and Northamptonshire to achieve Disability Confident Leader status.

DCL award


In July 2017 Melton Borough Council became a Disability Confident employer and since then the council has been making increasing changes and commitments towards this scheme and have now received Disability Confident Leader status.

There are three levels to the Disability Confident scheme with the Disability Confident Leader being the highest achievement currently awarded.

The Disability Confident scheme has been in place since November 2016, it supports the Government’s commitment to help one million more disabled people into work within the next ten years.

Cllr Alison Freer-Jones, Portfolio holder for Corporate Governance, Access and Engagement, said ‘It is fantastic to see Melton Borough Council leading the way nationally in this area. The council have a commitment to promoting and celebrating diversity within the workplace and the wider community and it is a real honour and pleasure to receive an award that recognises this work. The ongoing aim of Melton Borough Council is to carry on with this inclusive recruitment strategy by continuing to attract, recruit, retain and furthermore promote and develop people with physical and hidden disabilities.

DWP Minister for Disabled People, and Swindon North MP, Justin Tomlinson said “I want to congratulate Melton Borough Council for taking steps to create more job opportunities for local disabled people. There are more than a million additional disabled people in work compared to six years ago, but there is still more to do. By bringing together local businesses and disabled jobseekers, Leicestershire and Northamptonshire employers can ensure they don’t miss out on some of the best talent in their community.