1 Million More Disabled People Now In Employment
Official data from the Office for National Statistics has revealed that there are over one million more disabled people now employed compared to five years ago, up by 1.3 million since 2017.
There are various government schemes and initiatives, including those run in partnership with the health system, to support disabled people to lead independent lives and remain in fulfilling long-term jobs.
The Disability Confident scheme, for example, champions inclusive recruitment practices and helps employers view disability differently, improving how they recruit and retain disabled employees. Thousands of brands around the UK have now signed up to this particular scheme, including Coca-Cola, Hilton, Sainsbury’s and Ford.
In addition, the government is due to invest £1.3 billion in employment support for disabled people and those with health conditions. This funding will be put towards helping people with the cost of living, growing the economy and expanding employment support.
Chloe Smith, minister for disabled people, health and work, said: “This is an important milestone showing our commitment to supporting disabled people to lead independent lives and reach their full potential.
“Ensuring everyone has the same opportunity for a fulfilling working life is a key part of levelling up the country and we will continue to push for greater accessibility and inclusion for disabled jobseekers.”
Speaking at the recent Disability Confident Jobs Fair, Ms Smith made further comments, saying work is now being undertaken to break down even more barriers, showcasing the talent, skills, dedication and passion of disabled people and what they can bring to employers and businesses.
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