Jim Fitzpatrick sponsored an event in Westminster to help MPs learn about a campaign by Action on Hearing Loss aiming to break down the barriers that people with a hearing loss face when trying to stay in employment.
The charity presented its recent report ‘Working for change: Improving attitudes to hearing loss in the workplace’ to MPs, which urged businesses and Government to work closer together to help people with a hearing loss to find and stay in work. Currently there are 11 million people in the UK having hearing loss with almost five million who are of working age, a number set to rise steadily due to the ageing population.
Jim Fitzpatrick, said:
“As Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Deafness it’s been great to see Action on Hearing Loss in Westminster helping to set the record straight about hearing loss in the workplace.
“This is an important campaign, we need to support people with deafness, tinnitus and hearing loss and remove the barriers they face when finding and staying in work. The fact that an increasing number of people of working age have hearing loss makes it more important that employers are aware of support available. I’d recommend that all businesses and organisations in Poplar and Limehouse have a look at their report.”
Paul Breckell, Action on Hearing Loss Chief Executive, said:
“We are delighted that Jim attended our drop-in event and took the time to learn more about this vitally important campaign. We want to help businesses to support people with hearing loss to maximise their valuable skills; in 2017 no one should have to give up work due to their hearing loss early because their working environment can’t support them.”
The ‘Working for change’ report can be download here.