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Committee to hold first oral evidence session on disability employment gap

18 January 2021

The Work and Pensions Committee is holding the first oral evidence session in the inquiry examining the disability employment gap and how the DWP can better support disabled people in the labour market.

Purpose of the session

The session, with Professor Dame Carol Black and the National Audit Office, will focus on the gap between the employment rates of disabled and non-disabled people and the effectiveness of the Government’s target of getting one million more disabled people into work by 2027. It will also look at how different sorts of support can help people to find and stay in work and the role of the benefits system.


Dame Carol has completed three independent reviews for the Government, including on the health of the working-age population in 2008 as National Director for Health and Work and on sickness absence in Britain in 2011 as co-chair.

In March 2019, the NAO published the report Supporting disabled people to work, which evaluated Government progress in tackling the barriers faced by disabled people and people with health problems in getting and keeping jobs.


Wednesday 20th January

At 9.30am

Panel 1

  • Professor Dame Carol Black

Panel 2

  • Joshua Reddaway, Director – Work and Pensions, Value for Money, National Audit Office

Further information

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