Disability Confident employer

Disability Confident employer

Bedford Borough Council is committed to improving employment opportunities and career development for disabled people, and in recognition of this, has been certified as a Level 2 Disability Confident employer.

As a Disability Confident employer we have committed to undertake these core actions:

  • Actively looking to attract and retain disabled people
  • Providing a fully inclusive and accessible recruitment process
  • Offering an interview to disabled people who meet the minimum criteria for a job
  • Flexibility when assessing people so disabled job applicants have the best opportunity to demonstrate that they can do the job
  • Proactively offering and making reasonable adjustments as required
  • Encouraging our suppliers and partner firms to be Disability Confident
  • Ensuring employees have appropriate disability equality awareness
  • Promoting a culture of being disability confident
  • Supporting employees to manage their disabilities or health conditions
  • Ensuring managers are aware of how they can support staff who are sick or absent from work
  • Valuing and listening to feedback from disabled people

Definition of disability

You are disabled under the Equality Act 2010 if you have a physical or mental impairment that has a ‘substantial’ and ‘long-term’ adverse effect on your ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities

This means:

  • you must have an impairment that is either physical or mental
  • the impairment must have adverse effects that are substantial
  • substantial adverse effects must be long term, for example it takes much longer than it usually would to complete a daily task like getting dressed
  • long-term substantial adverse effects must be effects on normal day-to-day activities such as a breathing condition that develops as a result of a lung infection

Guaranteed interview 

We guarantee an interview to anyone with a disability whose application meets the minimum criteria for the post, and consider them on ability. 

If you consider that you have a disability as defined above, please complete the appropriate section of the application form.

A false declaration of disability to obtain an interview will invalidate any contract of employment.

View more information about looking for work if you are disabled