Today I attended a breakfast at the Mansion House hosted by the Lord Mayor of the City of London Alderman Alan Yarrow. It was an opportunity to explore how business utilises all the resources available to it and this includes the skills and talents of disabled people. We were told that there are 900,000 people with learning disabilities in this country of working age, 720,000 are able to work however only 7% do. I was impressed by the work of Mencap and Scope. Both organisations support those with learning disabilities to work and support employees and employers to make the best of their skills. There were some good examples of work being undertaken by city firms. However, I could not help reflecting that there was more work to be done if we were going to increase that 7% figure. With increasing levels of employment we need to use all the talents in our community. So rather expecting people with learning disabilities to apply for jobs already defined for which they may struggle to undertake maybe we should redesign the tasks of a range of roles so that they can compete more confidently playing to their strengths. So well-done to the Lord Mayor for supporting Mencap and Scope but let us do what we can to use the talents of all our community as we will be all the richer for it. Two ways to start would be to support Mencap’s work experience week in November (10-16th) or use Scope’s End Awkwardness campaign. .