Publica Group awarded for being Disability Confident
Publica Group has demonstrated its commitment to support people with disabilities and long term health conditions by being awarded the Disability Confident Accreditation.
The accreditation means that, as an employer, Publica is taking action to ensure that people with disabilities and long term health conditions feel supported, engaged and able to fulfil their potential in the workplace.
The accreditation recognises some of the proactive steps we are taking to support people with disabilities as they apply for vacancies and work at Publica.
These steps include offering interviews to all candidates who meet the minimum criteria for the role, and being flexible with our recruitment processes. For example, allowing CV applications, offering video conference interviews and supporting flexible working patterns where possible. It also means that we take active steps to make adjustments in the workplace to support staff with disabilities.
We have also been working with Inclusive Employers to deliver work experience opportunities to people with learning disabilities.
Managing Director of Publica Group, David Neudegg said: “We think being ‘Disability Confident’ is one way of showing our commitment to creating an inclusive and diverse place to work. We always continue to look for ways to do more, but this accreditation demonstrates to our employees and potential employees that we take our commitment to supporting people with both physical and mental disabilities at work very seriously.”
Publica Group is a newly established, ground-breaking company wholly owned and created by four Councils (Cheltenham Borough Council, Cotswold, Forest of Dean and West Oxfordshire District Councils) to provide services to local communities on their behalf. By creating one employer for employees across the councils they can provide better, more cost-effective services. Creating Publica allows the councils to meet their cost saving targets while protecting the services they provide to communities. In November 2017, employees from Cotswold, Forest of Dean and West Oxfordshire District Councils transferred to Publica Group. The move to this lower cost and more efficient company model is projected to save £5.6m per annum by 2020; collectively it is projected to save the councils £41 million over 10 years.
Residents and customers still deal directly with their Council, as they always have, and the Council is responsible for the services provided. Each Council continues to have its own elected Councillors who make independent decisions taking account of the needs of its local community. Employees continue to work in each council location.