READING a recent leaked independent report on the employment of disabled staff at Islington Council, I was shocked to see how it treats some of its employees with disabilities.
Although there are instances of good practice, many staff with disabilities “struggle in isolation” within the workplace and complain of a culture of “if you can walk or talk, you are not disabled”. Simple office items which could improve productivity and cost so little need to be fought over. Staff deserve better than this.
Supporting diversity and equality is more than attending a two-day training course. Managers need training and support from the council leadership. Serious questions need to be answered on the level of scrutiny in this area by the executive member for equalities, Councillor Ruth Polling. As the report says, there is a “significant gap between policy and practice”. A change of culture at any organisation is directed from the top.
Deputy chairman, Islington Conservatives