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The North West Business Leadership Team (NWBLT) is launching a new network of Manchester employers on Tuesday 26 March. The ManchesterAbility network is designed to promote ideas, share best practice and develop an active forum where disability issues can be discussed openly and honestly and where solutions can be found to common problems. The launch is taking place at KPMG in Manchester from 10am – 2pm and will include lunch.

The Office for Disability Issues is seeking applications for Chairs and Members in nine regional groups across England. 

A report published by Demos suggests that Ministers should consider abolishing the Department for Work and Pensions after its failure to help ill and disabled people out of poverty. The Pathways from Poverty report suggests that most of the department's work could be carried out more effectively by other Whitehall ministries.

A new Wildgoose workplace survey has shown that over 50 percent of UK employees surveyed feel disability inclusion is most important inclusion issue that should be tackled in their workplace.

62% of discriminatory queries at The Equality Advisory Support Service (EASS) are about disability and the Wildgoose survey demonstrates that employers are not doing enough to be inclusive to those with a disability.

The Minister for Welsh Language and Lifelong Learning, Eluned Morgan, has launched an Inclusive Apprenticeships Action Plan aimed at removing the barriers that prevent disabled people undertaking apprenticeships.

The Scottish Governnment has published its Employment Action Plan for people who have a disability.

With only around 40% of working age disabled adults in employment, compared with more than 80% of non-disabled adults, the new funding is part of an action plan outlining how this gap can be at least halved over the next 20 years. The plan sets an initial ambition to increase the employment rate of disabled people to 50% by 2023 then to 60% by 2030.

The action plan also includes:

The Scottish Commission for Learning Disability (SCLD) has today published the Employment Task Group report to Scottish Government Ministers.

The report, titled The Route to Employment for People with Learning Disabilities in Scotland, explores what needs to be done to create more and better employment opportunities for Scots with a learning disability.

The report states 4 priorities for action:

The London School of Economics has published a report by Liz Sayce that addresses the question of whether there is a set of policy levers that could, together, encourage employers to improve disabled people’s employment and pay. It also considers how proposals could be framed and pursued, to enable people to unite to achieve them.

The Switching Focus report includes recommendations covering:

The Government has published a line manager's guide to employing people with a disability. It's been produced by the Disability Confident scheme in collaboration with CIPD, the professional body for HR and people development.

The guidance focuses on the role of the line manager in workplace adjustments, langauge and behaviour and sickness absence. It also provides guidance on recruiting, retaining and developing employees with a disability or health condition.

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