The Work and Pensions Committee has launched an inquiry into halving the disability employment gap – the difference in employment rates between disabled and non-disabled people.
The inquiry invites submissions addressing the following:
- steps required to halve the disability employment gap – are the current measures likely to achieve the government’s target and are interim targets required;
- support for employers – how effective is the Disability Confident campaign and what more could be done;
- effective employment support for disabled people – what should support in the proposed Work and Health programme look like and how should providers be incentivised; and
- likely effects of proposed ESA reform – what are the likely impacts of the abolition of the work-related activity component, what evidence is there that it will promote positive behavioural change and what could be the unintended consequences.
More details can be found at http://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/work-and-pensions-committee/news-parliament-2015/disability-employment-gap-launch-15-16 and the page for making submissions can be found at http://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/work-and-pensions-committee/inquiries/parliament-2015/disability-employment-gap-15-16.
A number of organisations have already made observations on this very issue. For example,
The final date for submissions is Monday the 9th of May 2016.