Scope responds to Secretary of State for Work and Pensions David Gauke’s speech in Parliament on today’s paper on disability employment.

He stated that “it’s important that we act now” to tackle the barriers facing the one million disabled people in the UK who can and want to work.

Commenting on the speech, Mark Atkinson, Chief Executive of disability charity Scope, said: “While the Government says 600,000 more disabled people are now in work compared to four years ago, Scope analysis shows that disabled people are dropping out of work faster than they are moving into it.[1]

“This is a solvable problem, but we cannot underestimate the size and complexity of the challenge facing us. 

“It’s crucial that today’s plan quickly leads to real change, with large-scale reforms in areas such as sick pay and the fit-for-work assessment.

“The Government recognises the need to work directly with disabled people, and must ensure that their experiences are at the heart of all policy changes.”
 


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

See our earlier statement on the Government's disability employment strategy

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