Data reveals Government will fail on pledge to get one million more disabled people into work without rapid action

Scope is calling for “rapid and real” action from the Government as data shows more disabled people are leaving work than moving into employment.
 
The disability charity is calling on the Government to set out a comprehensive plan to achieve its manifesto pledge of getting one million more disabled people into work.

Analysis of official ONS statistics revealed that for every 100 disabled people moving into work, 114 leave [1]. This compares with an equivalent of 100 non-disabled people moving into work and just 97 leaving.
 
Speaking in The Times today, Chief Executive at disability charity Scope Mark Atkinson said: “The Government must take rapid and real action to stop this manifesto pledge becoming nothing more than another broken promise to disabled people.
 
“The Prime Minister has said that she wants to make Britain ‘a country that works for everyone’ – yet hundreds of thousands of disabled people who want to work and can work are being shut out of the workplace.
 
“Too many face barriers to entering, staying and progressing in employment, unable to fulfil their potential and participate fully in the UK economy.   
 
“As Parliament returns next week, and MPs go back to work, it is vital that the Government sets out a comprehensive plan on how it intends to get one million more disabled people into work.
 
“This needs to include an overhaul of out-of-work support for disabled people and greater access to specialist employment support.
 
“We also need to see reform of sick pay to enable more disabled people to remain in work.”
 
Scope is calling on the Government to:

  • Overhaul the Work Capability Assessment and widen access to voluntary and tailored employment support to support disabled people both in and out of work
  • Expand the Access to Work scheme and reform of statutory sick pay to help disabled people stay in work

Notes to the editor:

For more information please contact Cora Bauer in the Scope press office on 0784 3467 948or email cora.bauer@scope.org.uk
 
 
References:
1. Analysis of the Labour Force Survey Two-Quarter Longitudinal dataset shows that between October 2016 and March 2017, 123,000 disabled people moved out of work This represents 5 per cent of the total number of disabled people who had been in employment in January-March  2016.During the same period 108,000 disabled people moved into work , which represents 3 per cent of the total number of disabled who were out of work in October-December 2016.
 
That means that for every 100 disabled people who move into work, 114 move out of work – for every 100 non-disabled people who move into work, only 97 move out of work.
 
Putting this into context, based on current rates of inflows and outflows, if one million disabled people were to move into work, then 1,140,000 would move out of employment.

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