Disability, Skills and Work: Raising our ambitions

Disabled people represent one-fifth of the working age population, but are far more likely to be out of work and to lack skills than the population as a whole. Improving skills and employment for disabled people matters not just for equality, but also for national prosperity and delivering world-class skills and employment.

This paper finds that improving the employment rate of disabled people to the UK average would boost the UK economy by £13 billion, equivalent to six months economic growth. To achieve this, the paper proposes:

  • A new national commitment to closing the skills gap of disabled people
  • Improved support for employers, but a clear commitment to government action if progress falls short; and
  • A new culture of expectation and aspiration of and for disabled people.

This paper is kindly supported by the Disability Rights Commission.

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