ARGYLL and Bute Council has been named as an ‘Employer of the Year’ by a national charity which supports people who live with epilepsy.
The local authority has been recognised as an example of best practice by Epilepsy Scotland for its support of an employee with epilepsy. Various practical measures were provided to assist, including a laptop to enable home working and help with travel. Argyll and Bute Council was named best large employer (more than 50 employees).
Council staff received the award from Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing, Alex Neil, at Epilepsy Scotland’s annual fundraising event in Glasgow on Thursday 25 April.
Argyll and Bute Council Leader, James Robb, said: “It is with great pleasure that we accept this award for Employer of the Year from Epilepsy Scotland.
“We take the needs of all our employees into careful consideration, and recognise that anyone who deals with something like epilepsy may need extra support. It is our priority to make sure all our employees are well looked after.”
The award came in the same week that councillors agreed Argyll and Bute Council’s Equalities Mainstreaming Report and Equality Outcomes.
All public sector organisations must meet various requirements in terms of equality and Argyll and Bute Council has taken a number of steps to ensure that it fulfils this duty.
In setting out careful equality outcomes, the council aims to eliminate discrimination, improve relationships and ensure that there is equality of opportunity.
This includes making sure that more people are actively engaged in local decision making and delivering services that are sensitive to people’s needs.
The full report can be viewed at http://bit.ly/Y23dyX