Scope: To achieve full employment, we need to halve the disability employment gap

Disability charity Scope has responded to news of a Full Employment and Welfare Benefits Bill, in today’s Queen’s Speech.

Elliot Dunster, head of policy and public affairs at disability charity Scope, says:

"If the Government is to achieve its aim of full employment, disabled people must be part of the picture.

The gap between the employment rate for disabled people and the rest of the population has remained static for over a decade. 

The Government recognised in its Manifesto that to achieve full employment, we need to halve the disability employment gap.

That means supporting 1 million more disabled people into work.

Disabled people are a vital and often untapped resource for the UK labour market.

Breaking down the barriers disabled people face when gaining employment and staying in work is vital to the country’s sustainable economic growth.”

And responding to news that the additional costs of disability will continue to be protected from a benefits freeze:

Elliot Dunster, head of policy and public affairs at disability charity Scope, says: 
 
“If we’re going to get a million more disabled people into work, it’s important to understand that life costs more if you are disabled. 
 
From travel costs, to higher fuel bills or specialist equipment – research shows that this adds up to on average £550 per month
 
Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payments are a lifeline that can go some way to cover these significant extra costs.
 
This Bill will only enact an estimated £1.5 billion of the £12 billion that the Government is looking to make. 
 
With a Budget confirmed for the 8th July, disabled people will be looking for confirmation that disability payments will continue to be protected.”

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