London,
10
March
2009
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00:00
Europe/London

Two Ticks for Hackney - positive about disability

HACKNEY has been awarded the Two Ticks symbol, which recognises employers committed to ensuring the employment, retention, training and career development of disabled employees.

The award was presented to Cllr Karen Alcock, Deputy Mayor of Hackney; Cllr Sally Mulready, Cabinet Adviser for Equalities; and Tim Shields, the Council’s Chief Executive, at the Town Hall on 11 March, by Alan Newcombe, Jobcentre Plus District Disability Advisor, and Bindu Surish, Senior Manager, Jobcentre Plus.

Two Ticks is awarded to businesses and organisations that make a number of specific commitments, including to interview all disabled applicants meeting the minimum criteria for a vacancy; to meet at least once a year with disabled staff members to discuss how to develop their skills and ensure that all staff develop the appropriate level of disability awareness.

The Council is now looking to encourage businesses and organisations in the borough to follow its lead.

Cllr Alcock said: “I’m very pleased that Hackney has been awarded Two Ticks - it is recognition of our long-term commitment to ensuring people with disabilities have the same opportunities as anyone else to develop their careers, and allowing all our staff to reach their full potential.”

For more information, please contact: 020 8356 4104 or email equality.diversity@hackney.gov.uk