This is an HTML version of an attachment to the Freedom of Information request 'List of all employers who are "Positive About Disabled People"'.

 
 
DWP Central Freedom of Information Team
 
Annex A 
e-mail: [DWP request email]
 
 

FoI Ref IR95:
 
 

 15 March 2012
 
Annex A 
 
 
 
 
Dear Ms Peake, 
 
Thank you for your email of 21 February 2012, seeking a review of our handling of your 
FOI request in which you asked for a list of all employers who are "Positive About 
Disabled People"'.  Someone of a more senior grade than previously handled your 
request has carried out an internal review and I am now in a position to respond. 
 
In responding, it may be helpful if I provide some information about how the Disability 
Symbol is awarded and how the list of employers having symbol status is maintained.  
DWP Disability Employment Advisers based in local Jobcentre Plus offices are 
responsible for awarding the Disability Symbol, undertaking annual reviews to make 
sure employers continue to adhere to the conditions under which it is awarded and 
providing information to a central point that maintains a list of employers having symbol 
status. This ongoing process means the list held centrally is almost constantly changing, 
as new employers are added, annual reviews undertaken and some employers 
removed.  The list issued previously was our understanding of those employers currently 
having symbol status at the time of your request.   
 
In terms of employers not on the list, but displaying the symbol, this could be due to an 
administrative oversight, i.e. information not feeding into the central point that maintains 
the overall list. I have therefore, arranged for a message to all Disability Employment 
Advisers, reiterating the importance of providing information to make sure the centrally 
held list if as up to date as possible.  
 
Alternatively, an employer may still be displaying the symbol after their status has 
lapsed or been removed, which is of particular concern.  I have therefore, asked the 
Disability Employment Adviser in Kentish Town Jobcentre to contact Shape-Creative 
Steps, which was awarded symbol status some time ago, but appears not to have been 
subject to a recent review and so does not feature on our list. If the Disability 
Employment Adviser confirms the organisation’s ongoing commitment to the principles 
underpinning the Disability Symbol, I will ensure their details are added.  I am sorry for 
any distress this has caused. 
 
 

 
Having concluded my review, I am satisfied that we responded correctly to your original 
request for information.    
If you have any queries about this letter please contact me quoting the reference 
number above.   
Yours sincerely,  
 
 
DWP Central FoI Team 
 
 
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