17 September 2015
Elliot Dunster, Head of Policy, Research and Public Affairs at disability charity Scope says:
"These figures show the Work Programme isn’t working for disabled people who are pushing hard to find jobs and get on at work, but continue to face huge barriers.
The Government has committed to halving the disability employment gap.
Disabled people must have the specialist, personalised support to overcome the many challenges they can face when finding work – from inaccessible workplaces, employer attitudes, or being unable to take public transport.
Reducing the financial support unemployed disabled people receive will not help them find work.
We strongly oppose reducing Employment and Support Allowance for people in the Work Related Activity Group. The Government must focus on developing tailored support so disabled people can find, stay and progress in work."
Notes to the editor:For more information contact Anja Dembina in the Scope press office on 020 7619 7200 (out of hours 07843 467 948) or email firstname.lastname@example.org