Leonard Cheshire Disability’s reaction to £35 million of innovative employment schemes to benefit thousands of disadvantaged people

1 August 2017

In response to the government's announcement of £35 million for innovative employment schemes to benefit thousands of disadvantaged people, Neil Heslop, chief executive of Leonard Cheshire Disability, said:

'It is a scandalous waste of talent that disabled people still face significant barriers when finding and sustaining employment, despite wanting to work and having the right skills and attitude.
'Given the disability employment gap is over 30%, we welcome the government’s plan to invest £35m in six employment pilot schemes for England that aim to tackle long-term barriers to work and in work progression. 
'We look forward to hearing more details about what the specialist support for disabled people will involve. The DWP’s Access to Work scheme is vital to help narrow the disability employment gap by paying for things like adapted keyboards, software and BSL interpreters, but it urgently needs to be expanded and better promoted so it can change the lives of more disabled people.'

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