Friday, December 8, 2017

Can the employment gap ever be closed for disabled people? - THE HR DIRECTOR

by Diane Lightfoot 
Originally published: December 7, 2016

Frustratingly, the chancellor missed opportunity to put people with disabilities at the centre of employment plans, says business disability forum. Business disability forum outlined its views today on the chancellor’s budget statement, urging more action on closing the disability employment gap.  

Whilst we welcome the announcement today that 600,000 more people will be in work by 2022, we are disappointed that no announcement was made on how the Government plans to ensure that disabled people are included in that number, despite their previous commitment to cut the disability employment gap by 2020.

Similarly, the Chancellor made mention of ‘an inclusive economy where everyone has the opportunity shine’, yet missed the opportunity to offer greater assurances to the business community about the value and importance of investing in a diverse and inclusive workforce.