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Disability employment gap inquiry: Work and Pensions Committee session on mental health and learning disabilities

9 March 2021

The Work and Pensions Committee continues its disability employment gap inquiry with a session focussing on issues related to mental health, learning disabilities and autism.

The first panel, featuring mental health charities, will explore the barriers to work faced by people with mental health problems and the effectiveness of the DWP and the benefits system in supporting people both in-work and to find jobs.

The second part of the meeting, featuring learning disability and autism charities, will also focus on barriers to employment and support. It could also explore the impact of the coronavirus pandemic and the Government’s forthcoming National Disability Strategy.

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.


Wednesday 10 March 2021

At 9.30am:

  • David Stephenson, Senior Policy and Campaigns Officer, Mind

  • Alex Kennedy, Head of Campaigns and Public Affairs, Rethink Mental Illness

  • Dr Jed Boardman, Consultant Psychiatrist/Senior Lecturer in Social Psychiatry Senior Policy Advisor, Centre for Mental Health

At 10.30am:

  • Matthew Harrison, Public Affairs and Parliamentary Manager, Mencap

  • Jane Harris, Director of External Affairs and Social Change, National Autistic Society

  • Lorenzo Torre, Job Coach, Three Cs

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