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Government announce drive to tackle barriers faced by disabled people

Mark Hodgkinson, Chief Executive at disability equality charity Scope, said:

“Continued action from government to tackle the barriers Britain's 14 million disabled people face is welcome.

"Making workplaces more flexible, improving market regulation and government coordination are positive steps in the right direction.

“We know that half of disabled people feel excluded from society [1], and are too often shut out of work. Life also costs more if you are disabled, and Scope research shows that these costs add up to on average £583 a month [2].

"We have long called for a concerted effort from government to improve the lives of disabled people in this country. It is positive to see recognition from government that a joined up approach is needed and necessary. “


[1] Scope commissioned Opinium to conduct 2,000 online interviews with UK working age adults with long-term impairments or conditions between May 18 and 30 2018. A quota sampling method was used and the survey was conducted online.

[2] Scope (2018) The disability price tag

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