Civil Servants: Disability

Cabinet Office written question – answered on 11th June 2019.

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Photo of Chuka Umunna Chuka Umunna Independent, Streatham

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what additional support is provided to disabled applicants for civil service roles.

Photo of Oliver Dowden Oliver Dowden The Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office

The Civil Service is committed to becoming the UK’s most inclusive employer by 2020, and needs to recruit and retain diverse talent from all backgrounds; including people with a disability

All main government departments have achieved Disability Confident Leaders (level 3) status, the highest level on the Government’s new Disability Confident Scheme. The scheme provides employers with the tools to recruit, retain and develop disabled people, and acts as a catalyst for continuous improvement.

Departments have been introducing and piloting inclusive recruitment methods such as Diverse Panels, video attraction and strength-based selection. The Civil Service Disability Inclusion Programme works closely with the Government Recruitment Service to ensure that recruitment processes are fully accessible and inclusive to disabled people who are seeking to join the Civil Service.

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