Rosie Cooper MP

Working hard for the people of West Lancashire

22/04/08 MP’s anger as council snubs disability campaign

West Lancashire’s MP was stunned after the district council snubbed a campaign calling on them to give disabled people every opportunity of becoming employees.

Rosie Cooper wrote to West Lancs District Council in support of Skelmersdale-based South West Lancashire Trades Union Council’s ‘Two Ticks’ campaign.

But in an official reply, the council said it already has a “very robust Equal Opportunities Policy” so didn’t think it was necessary to adopt the ‘Two Ticks’ scheme.

Rosie, Labour MP for West Lancashire, said: “I find the council’s attitude very disappointing. ‘Two Ticks’ is a symbol all employers should be proud to adopt as an example of their commitment to the rights of disabled people."

“I’m told that the council’s Tory-controlled cabinet is reviewing its policy in May and hopefully they will eventually do the right thing and sign up to this scheme.”

The Two Ticks scheme, sponsored by Job Centre Plus, is a recognition that the employer has agreed to take action to meet five commitments regarding the employment, retention, training and career development of disabled employees.

The five commitments are:

1) To interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for a job vacancy and consider them on their abilities
2) To ensure there is a mechanism in place to discuss, at any time, but at least once a year, what can be done to make sure they develop and use their abilities
3) To make every effort when employees become disabled they stay in employment
4) To take action to ensure that all employees develop the appropriate level of disability awareness needed to make these commitments work
5) Each year to review the five commitments and what has been achieved, plan ways to improve on them and let employees and Job Centre Plus know about progress and future plans

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