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Over a million disabled people have found jobs

man in a wheelchair working on a building site
man in a wheelchair working on a building site Image credit: hrreview.co.uk

The government has announced it has supported thousands of people with disabilities into employment.

New figures released by the ONS [Office for National Statistics] show there are over a million more disabled employees in the workplace.

In 2017 the government set a target to ensure an extra million people with disabilities would find a job by 2027.

Tomorrow, Wednesday 18 May, the Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work Chloe Smith MP said:

“This is an important milestone showing our commitment to supporting disabled people to lead independent lives and reach their full potential.

Ensuring everyone has the same opportunity for a fulfilling working life is a key part of levelling up the country and we will continue to push for greater accessibility and inclusion for disabled jobseekers.”

There are a range of projects in place to support disabled people looking for work, including various schemes working in conjunction with the health system, one of which is the Disability Confident scheme which encourages employers to change their way of thinking about employing somebody with a disability.

The scheme already has support from hundreds of businesses including Coca-Cola, Ford, Hilton and Sainsbury’s.

Over the next three years £1.3 billion will be put into supporting disabled people and those with health conditions by expanding employment support, building existing provision and helping with the cost of living.

The Department for Work and Pensions Health and Disability White Paper will be published later this summer.