May 2015

A new TUC report Disability and employment looks at the experiences of disabled people in the labour market and finds that they are still at a significant disadvantage compared to other workers. The report, which is published on the second day of the TUC’s annual Disabled Workers’ Conference, makes a series of recommendations to help tackle the inequality faced by disabled workers. It also highlights a number of key findings including: * Disabled people generally have much lower employment rates than for non-disabled people – an average of 31 per cent lower from 2008 to 2013.

A study by the Public Interest Research Unit, commissioned by Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC), indicates that in the last four years there has been a deterioration in the workplace experiences and long-term job prospects of disabled workers. The study collected information from 137 disabled workers and from 141 organisations; and was produced for DPAC. The study covers the private, public and voluntary sectors. Principal findings include: * Employer attitudes towards disabled workers have deteriorated in the last four years.