Government ‘must do more on disability employment’, MPs hear | DisabledGo News and Blog

The government must do more to offer incentives to businesses to take on disabled people as employees, and to tackle the barriers that prevent them finding jobs, according to cross-party MPs.

MPs from Labour, the Liberal Democrats, the SNP and the Conservative party all pushed the government to improve its policies.

Disability Rights UK, which helped secure the debate, said afterwards that it was the first time MPs had debated disabled people and economic growth in the main Commons chamber.

Disabled MP Marsha de Cordova, Labour’s shadow minister for disabled people, told fellow MPs that the government had done far too little to remove the barriers faced by disabled people in the employment market.

She said: “It is a matter of serious concern that we have a government who barely speak about removing barriers, while actually creating new ones through their austerity cuts and their punitive social security system.”

She said the disability employment gap – the difference between the employment rates of disabled and non-disabled people – currently stood at more than 31 percentage points, and was even higher for some impairment groups.

De Cordova was among MPs who criticised the government’s Disability Confident scheme, which is supposed to encourage employers to take on disabled employees.

She said it had been “a dismal failure” and “has yet to produce any concrete evidence of results”.

She asked the minister for disabled people, Sarah Newton, how many disabled people had found jobs as a direct result of the scheme, but Newton later failed to provide an answer.

De Cordova told fellow MPs how one deaf man had been offered a job by an employer signed up to the Disability Confident scheme.

But when the employer realised that the man’s Access to Work support would be capped – because of government policy – and they would have to meet the rest of his disability-related workplace costs, the job offer was withdrawn.


Source: Government ‘must do more on disability employment’, MPs hear | DisabledGo News and Blog

One thought on “Government ‘must do more on disability employment’, MPs hear | DisabledGo News and Blog

  1. The Government needs to act as the ESA assessments are stating some disabled people are fit to work, but will be unable to find work because employers will not make the reasonable adjustments to enable this.

    Within the assessments I do realise that the ESA advisors are declaring people fit to work when they are not, but my reference is to those who are definitely fit to work provided the employers make the required reasonable adjustments.

    I am also not a lover of targets, as in employment would this not just ensure employers favour the least disabled persons, while leaving the persons with more disabilities out of work, which will not be beneficial to them as the ESA have deemed them fit, without looking to see if there is suitable employment.

    In these instances, it would not be sufficient for a person to be deemed fit for work, but the ESA should also ensure that there is suitable work available within a defined accessible area.

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