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Disability charities and policy experts questioned by MPs

19 February 2021

The Work and Pensions Committee continues its inquiry into the gap between the employment rates of disabled and non-disabled people and how the Department for Work and Pensions can better support disabled people in the labour market.


Wednesday 24 February, 9.30am

Panel 1

  • James Taylor, Executive Director of Strategy, Impact and Social Change, Scope
  • Gemma Hope, Director of Policy, Leonard Cheshire
  • Fazilet Hadi, Head of Policy, Disability Rights UK

Panel 2

  • Tom Pollard, Independent Policy Expert
  • Professor Melanie Jones, Professor of Economics, Cardiff Business School
  • Dr Mark Bryan, Reader in Economics, University of Sheffield
  • Ben Baumberg Geiger, Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Social Policy, University of Kent

Purpose of the session

The Committee will examine the effectiveness of the Government’s target of getting one million more disabled people into work by 2027.

It will also look at barriers in the workplace, how different sorts of support can help people to find and stay in work and the role of the benefits system.

MPs will also have the opportunity to ask about the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the disability employment gap.

Background to the inquiry

The disability employment gap is the difference between the employment rates of disabled and non-disabled people. 

Official data on disabled peoples’ employment rates shows a gap of 28.6 percentage points, with 53.2% of disabled people in employment compared with 81.8% non-disabled people.

The Committee previously took evidence from Dame Carol Black and the National Audit Office.

Further information

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