Disability Confidence in Action

It is wonderful to see the commitment in celebrating Disability History Month 2022- yet the latest ASCOF figures show that organisations confidence around disability isn’t extended to everyone.  

Despite the Government celebrating signing up 18, 000 employers to their Disability Confident scheme, the latest Adult Social Care Outcomes Framework (ASCOF) statistics highlight a distinct lack of opportunities for people with disabilities.  Sadly, the latest figures show that further drop in the employment rates for adults with a learning disability and adults in contact with secondary mental health services. 

The overall employment rate for adults with a learning disability is 4.8 % whereas the overall employment rate for adults in contact with secondary metal health services has fallen to 6%. 

These figures are truly shocking, less than 10% of disabled adults who are in touch with Adult Social Care Services or NHS Secondary Care services are in employment, what a waste of talent.  

With figures from Leonard Cheshire showing that  

  • 1 in 5 (19%) employers say they would be less likely to hire someone with a disability. 
  •  The cost of making workplace adjustments was cited as a barrier for almost 70% of employers. 

And less than 500 employers have signed up as Disability Confident Leaders it is time ensure that every talented person in our communities is included in the strategy to address labour shortages.  

BASE and it's members know that the Supported Employment model is the most effective tool for supporting inclusive recruitment and reducing the disability employment gap.

Our members are ready to support Employers to make the move from Disability Confident to Disability Confidence in Action and ensure that Employment for All becomes a reality!