Halving the gap: Putting disabled people at the heart of the full employment drive

Tuesday 7 June 2016 Jobs, Skills and Pay

Speech by Minister for Disabled People Justin Tomlinson

The government’s welcome ambition to halve the employment gap between disabled and non-disabled people will play a crucial role in meeting its wider economic goal of securing full employment.

But people with health problems or a disability remain far less likely to have a job than those without a disability, and their employment prospects vary hugely across the country. A radical new approach is needed. Where should we look for solutions beyond the benefit system? And what role should employers play in closing this gap?

At an event at its headquarters, the Resolution Foundation presented findings from its new report on boosting disabled employment. Minister for Disabled People Justin Tomlinson set out his plans to halve the employment gap for disabled people ahead of a White Paper due later in the Summer, while expert panellists debated the policy challenges on this agenda, before taking part in a Q&A.