Disabled People must be part of growth plans

The government has set out how a further £1bn of investment in the Local Growth Fund will be spent.

Richard Hawkes, CEO of disability charity Scope, said:

“We welcome the £1bn investment in local growth and skills. Further funding to create new jobs, train young people and address regional skills shortages is positive news.

"But local growth must be inclusive growth. We are calling for some of those skills and jobs programmes to be targeted at disabled people.

“Disabled people are a vital and often untapped resource for the UK labour market. Nine in 10 disabled people have worked at some point, but only half are in work now. This is a waste of the talents of disabled people.

“All political parties need to commit to closing the disability employment gap. If the government is to achieve its aim of full employment, more disabled people must be supported to gain employment and progress in their careers.

“The Local Enterprise Partnerships responsible for delivering these projects must ensure disabled people are included in their plans.

“Don’t let this be a missed opportunity to put disabled people at the heart of regional growth.” 

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