Action Needed To Close Disability Employment Gap
Patricia Gibson MP is calling on the UK Tory Government to “act with urgency” over its efforts to halve the disability employment gap and commit to a timetable for delivering the long-awaited Green Paper on support for disabled people and those with ill health. The Tories made halving the disability employment gap a key manifesto pledge in the run-up to last year’s general election but despite this 'commitment' and overall employment increasing, the disability employment gap has persisted. Employment figures for the first quarter of 2016 show a 33.1% gap between the percentage of disabled people in employment at 46.9% and non-disabled people at 79.9%. Said Patricia: “There has been little progress on closing the disability employment gap. “This UK Government must act with urgency to fully address the barriers disabled people face to employment, especially given the devastating cuts to disability benefits through employment support allowance. “Without a clear timetable for the consultation period on the Green paper or additional funding to deliver the programme, it would be easy for disabled people and their families to feel like their support needs are not being taken seriously by the Tory Government. “It is also vital that proper time and consideration is given to engaging with medical professionals, the third sector and disabled people. It is critical that the government works with employers to make it easier for disabled people to access the workplace or retain the jobs they already have."
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