Too often, the talents of disabled people go untapped. Yet we know that there are huge commercial benefits to employing the one in five of us with a disability. For a start, a diverse workforce means that businesses are more likely to attract Britain’s 12m disabled customers, with their £212bn potential spending power. Disabled employees are also more likely to remain committed in their job for longer.
I recently joined forces with the Job Centre, CT Skill and a number of local businesses to champion the benefits that disabled people bring to the workforce. We heard from various businesses about their experience and provided information about the support that is available under the national Disability Confident Campaign.
National Citizen Service (NCS) provides a whole range of opportunities for young people to experience new things and develop their skills. The programme is delivered by LEBC locally and I recently caught up with one of its graduates, Bhavik Mandalia, who lives in my constituency. Bhavik said he found the experience really rewarding and that he’d encourage others to take it up. If you’re interested, you can find out more here.
I’m campaigning for more affordable housing in Leicester West – including building more rented social housing – and help for homeowners through the recession.
As Labour’s Shadow Minister for Care and Older People I’m campaigning for better services and support for older people, carers and their families, and a sustainable system for funding social care in future.
I’m working to help your family by pressing for faster progress in local schools, more improvements in our NHS, and continued investment in children’s early years.
Helping businesses and making sure people have got the skills and training they need to work and earn a decent living is a top priority in Leicester West.