Monday 3 December 2018
Peter Riddell responds to today’s report from Lord Chris Holmes on opening up public appointments to disabled people:
‘Lord Holmes’ report is full of insights about the major barriers- both practically and in terms of perception- that account for the unacceptably low levels of people with disabilities holding public appointments. I support his recommendations to Government aimed at improving the application and selection process. These changes will inevitably require additional resources and commitment by departments. But the benefits will outweigh the possible additional costs, both in using the talents of disabled individuals to serve on public bodies and in making the boards of public bodies more representative of the communities they serve. As Commissioner for Public Appointments I will be closely monitoring the implementation of the report and, in particular, working with the government to improve the data on disabled people and public appointments.’
A copy of the Lord Holmes Review can be accessed here.