We remain committed to improving employment outcomes for disabled people. The manifesto commitment to get one million more disabled people in work over the next ten years gives us a clear, ambitious, and time-bound goal.
The employment rate of disabled people is 49% – up 4.7 percentage points since 2014. There are 3.5 million disabled people in work – an increase of over 530,000 since 2014. We know that there is much more that needs to be done, so that everyone who can work is given the right support and opportunities to do so. Today (November 30th 2017) the Secretary of State for Health and the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions have published our response to the Work, Health and Disability Green Paper consultation in Improving Lives: the Future of Work, Health and Disability. This sets out our vision for a 10 year programme of reform, the actions we have taken since the Green Paper and our immediate next steps.
We will track the number of disabled people in employment and publish a statistical update annually. We will also consider other useful statistical indicators, which give more information about how disability and employment change over this time period, and inform our actions.