Sarah Newton, the minister for disabled people, health and work

Government to recruit disability champion for heritage sector

Miles Rowland, 05.12.2018
Initiative aims to improve disabled access to sites around the UK
The Department of Work and Pensions (DWP has announced that it will be recruiting a new countryside and heritage disability champion.

Once elected, the champion will focus on improving disabled access to heritage sites around the UK. 

The recruit will join the existing 14 champions who are working to improve the accessibility of services and facilities in a range of sectors, including banking, music and tourism.

Sarah Newton, the minister for disabled people, health and work, said: “There are nearly 14 million disabled people living in the UK, and our world-leading heritage sector must ensure it is capitalising on the spending power of their households – the purple pound – worth £249 billion every year.”

The DWP stated: “Applications from disabled people are particularly welcome, but it is not essential to have a lived experience of disability.”

Applications for the role opened on 3 December.

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