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Government to recruit food and drink disability champion



The Government is looking to appoint a new food and drink disability champion to help tackle the issues disabled people face as consumers.


The champion will use their influential status as a leader in the food and drink industry to raise awareness of the need to improve access, customer service and staff training to ensure that venues understand the needs of disabled consumers.
 
Sarah Newton, minister for disabled people health and work, said: “There are nearly 14 million disabled people living in the UK, and just like everyone else they enjoy going out to eat and drink as a way of socialising with friends. But poor access and customer service often mean disabled people might just choose to stay at home instead.
 
“The food and drink industry must ensure it is capitalising on the spending power of disabled people and their households – the Purple Pound – worth £249 billion every year.”
 
The government has already appointed 14 champions who are already driving improvements to the accessibility of services and facilities in a range of sectors, including banking, music and tourism. 
 
Click here to find out more and to apply for the position.

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