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Employment: Disability

Question for Department for Work and Pensions

UIN 150743, tabled on 6 June 2018

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department has taken in response to the recommendations of the 2017 report of the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities relating to its findings on there being a persistent employment and pay gap for disabled people in the UK.

Answered on

14 June 2018

This Government is committed to improving employment outcomes for disabled people and those with long-term health conditions. We have made a great deal of progress: there were 600,000 more disabled people in work in 2017 than in 2013, and the employment rate for disabled people has improved by 5.6% in the same period.

Despite this success, we are committed to going further, which is why in November 2017 we set out our ambition to see 1 million more disabled people in work over the next ten years, as well as the actions we are taking to achieve this goal in the workplace, in health services, and in the welfare system.

Estimates from ONS show that, in 2016, the median hourly wage for disabled people was £11.40, compared with £12.20 for non-disabled people. There are a range of factors which could contribute to a difference in median hourly wage – such as working part-time or a difference in occupation.

In addition, and to progress the broader agenda for disabled people we will be setting up a new Inter-Ministerial Group to co-ordinate work across Government, and seeking to reinvigorate our engagement with disability stakeholders to help shape our plans.