Brent awarded Disability Confident Leader status

29 March 2021

Council staff are now working for an employer awarded with Disability Confident Leader status by the government. 

The Department for Work and Pensions has recognised Brent as an employer leading the way when it comes to improving access and support for people with disabilities, or long-term health issues.

The award highlights the work that the council is doing to promote equality, diversity and cohesion as a locality leader, as a provider, as a commissioner of services, and as an employer.

Alice Lester, Operational Director for Regeneration, Growth and Employment at Brent, said: “We are delighted to be recognised as a Disability Confident Leader. It’s estimated that seven in ten employed people with disabilities have been impacted by loss of income, furlough, unemployment or other damaging effects as a result of the pandemic. This award recognises the great work that Brent is doing to remove barriers to employment, and ensure that our residents are able to fulfil their potential and realise their aspirations.”

The award follows an external evaluation of the council’s support for staff and residents with disabilities by the Shaw Trust charity, which helps disabled and disadvantaged people into employment and independent living.

Jenny La Rocque, Shaw Trust’s National Employer Manager, said: “It’s wonderful to hear all the brilliant work Brent has done so far, and plans to do in the near future, with supporting the disabled community. I am absolutely delighted to congratulate the council on becoming a Disability Confident Leader.”

Marie Molisho, Co-Chair of Brent’s Staff Disability Network, said: “It’s a great achievement. This award recognises the value the council places on having a diverse workforce. Recruitment and employment practices can make it difficult for people with disabilities to access employment and reach their full potential. It’s important that we raise awareness of good practice and showcase the achievements and success of people with disabilities. The number of people with disabilities is underreported. We want to encourage staff to declare if they have a disability.”