UK economy ‘losing out on talented disabled workers,’ says leading charity

13 July 2016

Leading disability charity Leonard Cheshire today called on government and employers to take action to realise the potential of disabled employees.

Speaking after giving evidence to the Work and Pensions Select Committee inquiry on halving the disability employment gap, Leonard Cheshire Disability's director of services and development, Mark Elliott, said:

'The UK’s failure to get millions of talented disabled people in to work is holding millions of people back in their careers and negatively impacting on UK productivity.

'Disabled people have the skills to succeed and want the chance to prove themselves in the workplace. Despite this, they are repeatedly shut out and left without vital support, leaving their skills and talent going to waste.

'Employers can’t afford to miss out on the talent that disabled people can bring to the workplace any longer.

'We urge the government to bring forward the green paper at the very earliest opportunity to kick start progress.

'In the meantime there are things the government can do right now to support disabled people to succeed, including ensuring Access to Work is transferable between jobs and more easily available at application and interview stage, and also increasing funding for mentoring and support to help people gain and sustain employment.'

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