Equality for Disabled People

Part of Women and Equalities – in the House of Commons at 9:30 am on 5th September 2013.

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Photo of Esther McVey Esther McVey The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions 9:30 am, 5th September 2013

What I would like to do is paint the correct picture, which the hon. Lady is not doing. I can give her either the latest international statistics, which show that out of 55 countries the UK is leading in all 23 indicators, or the latest national statistics, from 2 July, which show that the gap closed in nine out of 14 headline indicators. In 2005-06 and 2009-10, that was true of only seven categories. I can therefore tell the hon. Lady that, on the very latest statistics from 2 July this year, inequalities have reduced and equalities have increased in education, employment and social inclusion, and we also have lower rates of relative poverty. Please get the facts right.