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Call for submissions – inquiry launched into employment support for disabled people

March 31, 2016

Politics and Insights


Disability Employment Gap 2015. Source: UK Parliament.

Inquiry background

The Work and Pensions Committee has launched an inquiry into the Government’s commitment to halve the “disability employment gap.” According to the most recent data, 46.7% of disabled people were in work at the end of 2015 compared to 80.3% of non-disabled people. In order to close this gap, the Committee says an extra 1.2 million disabled people would need to be supported into work.

The Committee’s welfare to workreport, published in October 2015, raised concerns about the lack of success of existing employment programmes in supporting disabled people into sustained employment.

The Government has since announced:

  • A new Work and Health Programme to replace the current generalist Work Programme and specialist disability Work Choice programmes
  • A real terms increase in spending on the Access to Work Programme, which provides practical support for disabled people, beyond the “reasonable adjustments”…

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  1. March 31, 2016 12:25 pm

    If the total number of employed people is around 30 million, it doesn’t take a genius to calculate, that’s a total increase of around 2.5 million. This is simply not going to happen.

    So that only leaves replacing the non-disabled employees with the disabled, thus changing the ratio. This is also not going to happen.

    Unemployment is an essential product of a capitalist economy, that’s an economic fact. The proportion of disabled unemployed is going to be higher, that’s a fact life. A Government may try to change these facts, they will fail.

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