Commenting on today's disability employment figures from ONS

15 February 2017

Commenting on today's disability employment figures from the Office of National Statistics (ONS), Leonard Cheshire Disability’s campaigns director, Peter Jenkins, said:

‘The fact that there are nearly 300,000 more disabled people in work compared to this time last year is welcome news.

‘However, the disability employment gap – the difference between the rates of employment of disabled and non-disabled people – is still over 30%.

‘Earlier this month the Work and Pensions Committee published their report on the disability employment gap, backing our calls for Access to Work – which pays for adaptations or support to allow disabled people to hold down jobs – to be made more easily available and portable.

‘The government needs to act on these recommendations as soon as possible, so that more disabled people who can work are able to do so.’

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Note: there were 291,886 more disabled people in work in October-December 2016 compared to the same period in 2015. The disability employment gap has reduced from 33.6% in October-December 2015 to 30.8% in October December 2016.