Local MP, Luke Graham, was a keynote speaker at a ‘Disability Confident’ Summit at Inglewood House Hotel in Alloa, to help promote the UK Government’s ‘Disability Confident Scheme’. The scheme, which is designed to help employers recruit and retain disabled people and people with health conditions for their skills & talent. The scheme was established by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) in 2013.
The summit was attended by a range of businesses and stakeholders from across Clackmannanshire and Stirlingshire and was supported by both Luke Graham MP and neighbouring MP for Stirling, Stephen Kerr.
The event was also supported by the DWP, as well as speakers from the Shaw Trust, Triage and the Forth Valley Sensory Centre, after which attendees were invited to sign up to be ‘Disability Confident’ employers.
The event continues Mr Graham's on-going commitment to improving opportunities for people with disabilities, building on his debates in Parliament and recent constituency visit by the Minister for Disabled People, Sarah Newton, who joined Mr Graham at Glenalmond Timber in Methven, one of the ‘Disability Confident’ employers within Ochil & South Perthshire.
Speaking after the event, Luke Graham MP, said:
“I was delighted to speak at this morning’s ‘Disability Confident’ event as I am a passionate supporter of the scheme. I believe in the ideals it represents, the support it offers to workers and employers, and the progress the scheme has made since being introduced, helping some 600,000 people with disabilities into meaningful work.
I hosted a debate on the scheme in Parliament back in January of this year and have continued to support it ever since, with my own office signed up to the ‘Disability Confident’ scheme.
It was fantastic to have Inglewood House sign up to the scheme at the event. It is so important for local employers to champion this initiative and Inglewood House have become a trailblazer in Clackmannanshire.