radical overhaul is required to sort out the “unacceptable” employment limitations going through disabled individuals, MPs have mentioned.
A brand new, bold goal is required to cut back the incapacity employment hole, in line with the Work and Pensions Committee.
MPs urged the Authorities to re-adopt its earlier goal of halving the 30% hole, which they mentioned had solely closed by 5% since 2013, whereas the variety of disabled individuals in jobs had elevated by 1.3 million.
The hole between the proportion of disabled and non-disabled individuals in work has remained stubbornly excessive for years. The at present overly centralised mannequin of assist merely isn’t working
The committee’s report mentioned disabled individuals are significantly much less more likely to be in employment than non-disabled individuals and nonetheless face “unacceptable limitations” to discovering and progressing in work.
The report warned that problems with belief proceed to hamper the connection between the Division for Work and Pensions (DWP) and disabled individuals.
Throughout their inquiry, the MPs mentioned they heard proof of the difficulties disabled individuals encounter in accessing assist by Jobcentre Plus.
Committee chairman Stephen Timms mentioned: “The previous two weeks have seen DWP launch a flurry of long-promised publications about its provide of assist for disabled individuals.
“There’s a lot in these paperwork that’s welcome, however there are some areas wherein the Authorities should be bolder in its ambitions.
“The Authorities is just not removed from assembly its present goal for rising the variety of disabled individuals in work, nevertheless it has largely bought there as a result of general ranges of employment have risen and the prevalence of incapacity has elevated, not due to substantial progress in tackling the limitations that disabled individuals face.”
Mr Timms mentioned MPs had hoped the Authorities’s Nationwide Incapacity Technique revealed this week would chart a course to a extra bold and stretching goal.
We’d like a radical new localised strategy. Too usually, choices affecting disabled individuals are made with out them being meaningfully consulted or listened to
“However there isn’t any new goal, nor even a session on one. That could be a main disappointment,” he mentioned.
“The hole between the proportion of disabled and non-disabled individuals in work has remained stubbornly excessive for years. The at present overly centralised mannequin of assist merely isn’t working.
“We’d like a radical new localised strategy. Too usually, choices affecting disabled individuals are made with out them being meaningfully consulted or listened to.
“In the course of the improvement of the Nationwide Incapacity Technique, disabled individuals have mentioned that the Authorities has didn’t make its engagement accessible for them.”
James Taylor, of incapacity equality charity Scope, mentioned: “The present system isn’t working. There are one million disabled individuals within the UK who can and need to work however are denied the chance.
“Disabled individuals have been hit extraordinarily arduous by the pandemic, and we’ve but to really feel its full financial fallout.
“The incapacity employment hole has been caught at round 30% for over a decade. The Authorities must set itself way more bold targets to halve the hole.”
We welcome the advice that employers ought to be required to publish knowledge on the proportion of employees who’re disabled, as an efficient manner of holding them to account and shutting the incapacity employment hole
Daniel Jennings senior coverage and campaigns officer at Epilepsy Motion, mentioned: “We all know that folks with epilepsy are one of many teams most severely affected. That is even supposing many can have profitable careers and keep in work with minimal affordable changes from their employers.
“We agree that each Entry to Work and Incapacity Assured should be reformed to assist individuals with epilepsy in securing, and staying in, their jobs.
“We additionally welcome the advice that employers ought to be required to publish knowledge on the proportion of employees who’re disabled, as an efficient manner of holding them to account and shutting the incapacity employment hole.”
Richard Kramer, chief government of incapacity charity Sense, mentioned: “Earlier this week, we highlighted how the Nationwide Incapacity Technique doesn’t take the strides wanted to ship transformational change for disabled individuals. This newest report is additional proof that extra must be executed to sort out inequalities.”
A Authorities spokesperson mentioned: “By way of our inclusive multibillion-pound Plan for Jobs we’re serving to extra disabled jobseekers to seek out, retain and progress in fulfilling work, providing specialist programmes, paired with private assist from our work coaches and incapacity employment advisers.
“The newest figures present the incapacity employment hole has narrowed, however we stay dedicated to lowering it additional as we work in direction of our purpose to see a million extra disabled individuals in work by 2027.
We’re happy that the choose committee has recognised the limitations so many autistic adults face
“Our lately revealed Nationwide Incapacity Technique, Well being and Incapacity Advantages Inexperienced Paper and response to the Well being is Everybody’s Enterprise session have set out additional actions that can assist disabled individuals of their on a regular basis lives, together with by boosting profession prospects for individuals who can work.”
Tim Nicholls, head of coverage and public affairs on the Nationwide Autistic Society, mentioned: “We’re happy that the choose committee has recognised the limitations so many autistic adults face.
“Latest ONS knowledge means that solely round one in 5 autistic adults are in employment, regardless of our analysis exhibiting the overwhelming majority need to work. This can be a big waste of autistic individuals’s abilities and potential.”