Theresa May vows to get one million more disabled people in work

The Prime Minister has announced plans to get a million more disabled people into work over the next decade.

The move will be seen as an attempt to improve the Government’s image after previous accusations the Conservatives are waging war on disabled people.

Theresa May is promising to widen “fit note” certification and provide dedicated training for work coaches to support people with mental health conditions.

The UK has 32 million people in work, and the Government says 600,000 more disabled people have gained employment in the last four years alone.

However, overall there are 13 million disabled people in the UK, of which nearly seven million are working age and many are unemployed, often living in poverty.

The Prime Minister said: “The path a person takes in life and in work should not be dictated by their disability or health condition.

“Everyone deserves the chance to find a job that’s right for them.

“I am committed to tackling the injustices facing disabled people who want to work, so that everyone can go as far as their talents will take them.

“We recognise the hugely positive impact that working can have on people’s health and wellbeing, which is why we are determined to break down the barriers to employment facing disabled people.”

Work and Pensions Secretary David Gauke hailed an ‘ambitious’ strategy
The Government has recently been criticised by the United Nations for failing to uphold the rights of disabled people.

And, earlier this month, the Department for Work and Pensions announced new guidelines for Personal Independent Payment (PIP) after a court found some disabled people were not being offered enough support to meet their needs.

Charities claim disabled people have also been worse affected by austerity policies and the so-called “bedroom tax”.

Critics have also attacked Conservatives in the past for policies that favour those able to work to the disadvantage of those who can’t.

Under this new drive, the Government is launching research schemes in the West Midlands and Sheffield which will include more than 11,000 people.

This will gather evidence to help improve services for those with health conditions, supporting them get into and stay in work.

Some £39m is also being invested to double the number of employment advisers in an existing NHS programme treating people with depression and anxiety disorders.

Work and Pensions Secretary David Gauke said: “Today, we’ve set out an ambitious 10-year strategy to end this injustice once and for all.

“By bringing employers, the welfare system and health services together we’re taking significant steps to ensure everyone can reach their potential.”


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  1. I’m Disabled and I have been so from birth, I went to state school where I was bullied for being disabled, I’ve worked from the age of 16 for 44 years in all sorts of low paid manual jobs, THIS CONSERVATIVE GOVERNMENT stopped me from working in 2011 when they stopped Shaw-Trust from giving me verbal support to work at the age of 56, 9 years from my retirement age. Now I’m 66 and retired, on a low income, nothing changes.

  2. Many disabled people have battled against barriers to meaningful and sustainable employment for years. Government initiatives such as Remploy simply take advantage of a captive market of low-skilled disabled workers while the executives swan around in expensive cars paying themselves bonuses – this is one example.

    There are barriers of accessibility, barriers of discrimination, barriers of condescending behaviour believing disabled people are nothing but lowly fodder to be handed menial jobs and discarded when it suits them.

    The perception that disabled people want a lot of time off to attend to their disabilities has been allowed to perpetuate for years while the truth is that disabled people manage their conditions very well, thank you very much.

    The modern employer wants no complications and anything out of the norm is avoided. They want a simple life with offices staffed by ‘normal’ people who don’t clutter up the place with wheelchairs or perhaps drool on their keyboard or soil the furniture – it makes me sick and tired that nothing changes. Any attempt to promote change is quickly stomped on and shut down, I have direct experience of this.

    The latest round of ‘austerity’ has targeted the most vulnerable, including (or perhaps especially) the disabled; lunatic decision making is the norm and we’ve become a society that demonises the disabled, the elderly and the vulnerable. This hasn’t happened by osmosis, it results from deliberate efforts by the DWP in particular.

    Genocide is under way in Britain and like the Nazis, anyone who does not conform the an ideology presented by the government becomes the target of hatred and abuse. The tokenism displayed by the government and the previous Disability Discrimination Act 1995 and now the Equality Act 2010 (there’s an oxymoron) are nonsense, they have no teeth and without the financial resources afforded by the now defunct Legal Aid, no disabled person is in a position to pursue any examples of discrimination.

    We spit on the homeless, we bully the disabled, our elderly are abused while in care, children are allowed to be groomed and raped, we ridicule those who aren’t pretty enough to fit the stereotypical model as defined by celebrity TV – we are a society of hate-mongers, led by politicians who further their own agenda at the expense of the most vulnerable.

    Jobs for the disabled? Yeah, right!

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