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Disability employment

Inquiry

Disabled people face significant barriers to work that non-disabled people do not, and despite employers having a legal duty to make reasonable adjustments in the workplace to accommodate them, there is evidence to suggest that many are not making these changes. Whilst the disability employment rate has risen in recent years, the disability employment gap (the difference between the proportions of disabled and non-disabled people in work) has flatlined at around 29 percentage points.

The Government has recently announced several policies designed to increase employment rates among disabled people, including in its Transforming Support White Paper, at Spring Budget 2023, when it announced the introduction of Universal Support and the piloting of WorkWell, and in its Disability Action Plan, published in February 2024.

The Work and Pensions Committee is now conducting a follow-up inquiry to its 2021 inquiry into the disability employment gap to scrutinise the effectiveness of the Government’s proposals for supporting disabled employment and reducing the disability employment gap.

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The deadline for submissions was Thursday 28 March 2024.

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