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Disability employment gap

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 19th December 2019.

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Photo of Shaun Bailey Shaun Bailey Conservative

What action are you taking at City Hall to address London's disability employment gap?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

I have sought to improve employment outcomes for disabled people by match funding the devolved DWP London Work & Health Programme taking this £70 million government programme to £135 million.

Devolution of London’s Adult Education Budget has enabled me to introduce full funding for qualifications in British Sign Language up to and including Level 2.

My £71 million ESF 2019-23 Programme aims to support more than 5,000 disabled people into training and employment. The next round due in the spring will include £6.5 million of support for 16 to 24-year-olds who are either NEET or have SEND needs.

The Start Up, Step Up programme, part-funded by ESF, will support 138 budding entrepreneurs who have disabilities.

My Good Work Standard will support those with disabilities and aligns with DWP’s Disability Confident scheme. TfL’s Steps into Work will inform how we offer more placements across the GLA Family. Last month I held a meeting with three of our latest GLA interns from the programme to discuss their experiences and that of their host managers.

Finally, my officers continue to explore with DWP how the disability employment rate gap can be narrowed.