People with Disabilities: Employment

Work and Pensions – in the House of Commons on 19th October 2020.

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Photo of Rob Butler Rob Butler Conservative, Aylesbury

What steps she is taking to help people with disabilities into employment.

Photo of Justin Tomlinson Justin Tomlinson The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

As a Government, we are proud that 1.3 million more disabled people are in work since 2013—a record high. We continue to offer support through the Work and Health, intensive personalised employment support, Disability Confident and Access to Work programmes.

Photo of Rob Butler Rob Butler Conservative, Aylesbury

The disability employment gap in my constituency is 25.4% and there are concerns that it will widen as the economy suffers from the impact of covid-19. What reassurance can the Minister give me that disabled people will get the specific help they need to find work —for example, through tailored support or the funding of reasonable adjustments on the kickstart scheme?

Photo of Justin Tomlinson Justin Tomlinson The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

It is absolutely the case that Access to Work is available and works hand in hand with schemes such as kickstart so that reasonable adjustments can be made for disabled employees. I have written to Disability Confident leaders to encourage them to sign up to kickstart.