This week, Alistair was delighted to learn more about the work that DWP is doing to support disabled people across the country. He was also pleased to sign up to Disability Confident, to show his commitment to this new initiative.

We all know the economic power of disabled people and their families, through their combined spending power and also, more importantly, through the many skills and talents that they have, which are currently underutilised and out of reach for many businesses.

Disability Confident will work with employers to bring about the changes needed to ensure that disabled people and also those with long term health conditions are able to fulfil their potential. The aim is to build a culture in businesses where employees feel safe to disclose any disability or long-term health condition, and feel confident they will be supported as necessary.

Alistair said: “I’m really pleased to be able to play my part to ensure that disabled people and those with long term health conditions have the opportunities to fulfil their potential and realise their aspirations. Over the coming weeks and months, I will also be speaking to businesses across the constituency to explain the tools, guidance, advice and recognition that the scheme offers, so that they can become Disability Confident too. Working together we can make sure that employers in North East Bedfordshire are able to recruit and retain from the widest possible pool of talent and that disabled people in our community have all of the opportunities that they need to succeed”.

If you have been inspired to get more involved in becoming Disability Confident, you can contact the DWP team at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.