Strategy

Welsh Social Care Minister, Huw Irranca-Davies, has announced a new strategy to transform support for people with a learning disability to ensure they have what they need to lead successful lives.

The Social Market Foundation (SMF) has published a report looking at labour market outcomes of Londoners with a work limiting condition or disability.

The employment rate for disabled people in London stands at 46.5% meaning that around 370,000 disabled Londoners are out of work. The equivalent for the non-disabled population stands at 85%, meaning that the disability employment gap in London stands at 38.5 percentage points, slightly lower than the national average of 41.5 percentage points.

Government has launched a consultation about civil society, what is working well, and what the government can do to strengthen it further. It is looking for ideas on how government can work with and support civil society to:

Publisher: 
Central Government
Topics: 
Strategy
Year of Publication: 
2018
Type: 
Guidance

This House of Commons Library briefing summarises the key statistics available on disabled people in employment in the UK.

Headline Figures

There were 3.5 million people of working age (16-64) with disabilities in employment between April and June 2017, an employment rate of 49.2%. The employment rate for people without disabilities was 80.6%.

The government has set out plans to help more disabled people into work over the next decade. Under 50% of people with a disability are in work compared with 80% of non-disabled people. These employment rates fall to just 5.8% for people with a learning disability.

We are expecting further investment in supported internships and Access to Work will be "significantly enhanced" over the coming year. The paper also points to "new targeted support for learning disabled social service users and secondary mental health support service users".

Nicola Sturgeon has announced the Scottish Government’s plans for addressing equality and human rights over the year ahead. Actions relating to equality for people with a disability include:

  • Delivering for disabled people through our Disability Delivery Plan - commended by the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Publisher: 
Policy & research organisations
Topics: 
Strategy
Year of Publication: 
2017
Type: 
Report

Localis and the University of Birmingham have published a report A Sector Deal for Disability that argues that, as part of its efforts to close the disability employment gap, the government should now commit to a sector deal for disability as part of its emerging industrial strategy.

Publisher: 
Policy & research organisations
Topics: 
Strategy
Year of Publication: 
2017
Type: 
Report

The gig economy can offer some useful opportunities to people who struggle to work in conventional ways according to Gainful Gigging, a report published by Reform. 

In his review of modern employment practices last week, Matthew Taylor hailed the “genuine two-way flexibility” the gig economy can offer, and the opportunity it presents for “those who may not be able to work in conventional ways”. Reform’s latest report echoes this, and makes recommendations for how government should support people into the gig economy.

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) have launched an expression of interest exercise for local authorities to jointly deliver a Local Supported Employment proof of concept.  Expressions of interest should be submitted by 27 March 2017.  

Publisher: 
Policy & research organisations
Topics: 
Strategy
Year of Publication: 
2016
Type: 
Report

This policy report from Labour MPs, disabled people, and experts on disability and work, with a foreword from Yvette Cooper, chair of the Changing Work Centre, puts forward a number of proposals to ensure disabled people play a key role in the changing world of work. With action from government and employers to remove the barriers of today and tomorrow, we can put inclusivity at the heart of the future of work.

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