New report sets out ways to reduce the disability employment gap

A new report published today calls for more practical solutions to close the disability employment gap.

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Closing the disability and employment gap is published by VODG (the Voluntary Organisations Disability Group), and outlines successful employment and training schemes delivered by specialist disability organisations. It includes recommendations for government, employers and care providers to boost employment for working-age disabled people.

Today’s publication is a response to the recent green paper on work, health and disability[1], which VODG hopes will spark fresh dialogue between policy makers, disabled people, businesses and charities.

Despite a commitment to “aim to halve the disability employment gap”[2] in the 2015 Conservative Party manifesto, the UK’s disability employment gap is around 32%. Less than half of disabled people are in work – 48% – compared to 80% of their non-disabled peers[3].

VODG chief executive Rhidian Hughes said:

The disability employment gap is unacceptable. For too long, the presumption has been that disabled people cannot or do not want to work and that the process of supporting people into work is costly and complex. When employment is a positive choice for disabled people it can help to improve health outcomes, wellbeing, social inclusion and life chances. The projects featured in our report are proof of this – if such work is replicated more widely, there will be a better chance that disabled people experience more equity in employment.”

 

[1] Work and Health Green Paper, Improving Lives https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/564038/work-and-health-green-paper-improving-lives.pdf

[2] Hansard http://researchbriefings.parliament.uk/ResearchBriefing/Summary/CBP-7540

[3] Work and Health Green Paper, Improving Lives https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/564038/work-and-health-green-paper-improving-lives.pdf

Author: Editorial Team

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