With an employment rate gap of 30 percentage points, much higher than in other countries, it’s time for Government and employers to come together to make the labour market work for people with disabilities and health conditions.
Today, Learning and Work Institute, supported by Shaw Trust, launch Opportunity for All, a collection of essays by leading health and employment experts on increasing employment opportunities for disabled people.
The collection features new insight, analysis and proposals from big names in the movement for a more accessible labour market, including, House of Commons Work and Pensions Committee Chair, Rt Hon Frank Field MP, former Disability Rights UK Chief Executive, Liz Sayce, and Paulette Cohen, Diversity and Inclusion Director at Barclays.
Disability employment has been cited as a priority for the government; the last two Conservative Party manifestos have made pledges to reduce the gap between the employment rates of disabled and non-disabled people.
As well as tackling big issues such as employment support for people with mental health problems, reforming the Work Capability Assessment and changes to benefits; authors uncover further injustices faced by disabled people in work, such as a pay penalty of £1.50 per hour.