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Disability employment gap inquiry launched

April 24, 2016 12:32 PM
Originally published by LDDA - The Liberal Democrat Disability Association

The Work and Pensions Committee launches an inquiry into the Government's commitment to halve the "disability employment gap" - the difference in employment rates between disabled and non-disabled people.

Deadline for written submissions is Monday 9 May 2016.

Find out more on the Parliament website

Disability Rights UK will be responding to this call for evidence on the ability of current Government welfare reform policy to deliver on their manifesto commitment to halve the disability employment gap and move around 1.2 million disabled people into work by 2020.

This manifesto commitment was reiterated by the new Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Stephen Crabb MP on his first day in post on Monday March 20th.

The Select Committee's terms of reference do permit us to raise issues other than welfare reform and we would be particularly interested in hearing the views of our members and those accessing our website/social media on what additional measures will be required e.g. macro economic interventions, job creation, employment retention, etc.

Please can you email your views to us by April 26th to and mark the email subject box with the words "W and P inquiry".

Points to be addressed by the Work and Pensions Committee

Steps required to halve the disability employment gap

Support for employers

Effective employment support for disabled people

Likely effects of proposed ESA reform

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