Government Must Do More To Close Disability Employment Gap, Says TUC | Welfare Weekly

Disabled people are at a ‘significant disadvantage’ when looking for work compared to other workers, according to a new report published today by the Trade Union Congress (TUC).

The report, ‘Disability and Employment‘, found that employment rates among disabled people are on average 31% lower than for non-disabled workers.

Employment inequality is particularly prevalent among disabled women, the report says. The employment rate for disabled men is 36% lower than for non-disabled workers, but 39.5% lower for disabled women.

TUC’s report, published on the second day of the TUC’s annual Disabled Workers’ Conference, also highlights how people with mental health disabilities are the least likely to be in work of all disabled people.

Source: Government Must Do More To Close Disability Employment Gap, Says TUC | Welfare Weekly

5 thoughts on “Government Must Do More To Close Disability Employment Gap, Says TUC | Welfare Weekly

  1. Chris

    Dear TUC

    Get up to date please.

    The disabled, like the rest, are inside a new class.

    THE PRECARIAT

    The precariat are not members of trade unions
    as in too precarious a type of employment.

    Zero hour contracted, short term contracted, temporary part time, low waged.

    Not even in the welfare state or state pension system.

    Why?

    Because their wages are below the LOWER EARNINGS LEVEL
    to get automatic National Insurance credit history.

    Not least because of the biggest of all tax avoidance schemes and from business,

    Called the SALARY SACRIFICE SYSTEM dragging already low wages below the LEL,
    so firms avoiding paying employer’s Ni contribution and PAYE tax on each such worker.

    LOW WAGES, NO SAVINGS, NIL STATE PENSION

    Now you get some state pension from 1 year NI record.

    The flat rate state pension pays nil state pension for 10 years or less NI history.

    Trade unions have lost millions of members, as the manual worker / salariat office jobs (good pay, terms and conditions, holiday pay, works pensions) have dminished by the millions.

    The rise in employment has been in the precariat, and continues to do so.

    England’s disabled, like the rest of the precariat, face NIL STATE PENSION FOR LIFE from the flat rate state pension.

    THE DISABLED IN ENGLAND NEED TO KNOW
    AND HAVE THIS PETITION WIDELY SHARED AMONGST US

    https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/state-pension-at-60-now

    SIGN AGAINST THE ABOLITION OF THE STATE PENSION
    AND IF PARTNER HAS A GOOD WORKS OR PRIVATE PENSION

    Do not cash in your pension pot.

    Do not defer your state pension, if you can get it this year.
    They’ll just get you with the small print and lose the money anyway.

    Do not think you can buy back any gaps in National Insurance history,
    as the SERPs opt out has wiped out too much of that record.

    And do not think that the Tories will not cut even the current state pension,
    already the lowest of all rich nations,
    as 60 per cent of austerity cuts are yet to come.

  2. Jim Round

    Not going to happen anytime soon, I think one of your other commenters (Nick?) said the same, with a vast pool of fully fit labour to choose from, why would employers waste time in training and dealing with/making adaptions for disabled workers.
    Time is money and all that rubbish.
    This is despite all the evidence on how disabled workers are just as loyal and productive (if not more) than the able bodied workforce.
    I had to laugh at the other article asking the new minister to treat the disabled with respect, going to abolish the disastarous PIP?
    Sack ATOS/Maximus/WCA is he?
    Thought not.

  3. Jane Jacques

    Can only say yes from my own experience. I work in a well paid job but cannot get permanent work as advised not to do nights due to medical condition. I then work for the NHS as a locum Scientist to fill gaps not working nights, getting more than I would as NHS staff!! The idiot system should allow reasonable adjustments, I get a job and the NHS saves money. I dread to think how other people with disabilities get on, and don’t ever ever mention the E word!! Epilepsy will get you out of the door so quickly it will make your head spin! It doesn’t matter what your epilepsy is, the stigma stil speaks in the21 st century.

  4. hstorm

    Employers feel disabled people are less useful. Y’know, people like, say, Stephen Hawking. I mean, what the hell has Hawking ever done, right?

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