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News | Calls for businesses in the South East to reveal number of disabled staff

Date Posted: 29th November 2018

Do you work for a company with an inclusive workforce? The government is urging businesses to reveal how many disabled staff they employ but will it make a different?

746 businesses have signed up to the Disability Confident Scheme in the South East, which is a new voluntary framework to encourage businesses to reveal how many disabled staff they employ.

Large companies should reveal the numbers of disabled people they employ, the Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work Sarah Newton has urged as part of a drive to build a more inclusive society.

With around a fifth of the working age population living with a disability or health condition, the government has launched a new framework to encourage businesses to report how many of their staff have a disability or health condition.

The voluntary framework, created in partnership with employers and charities, will also call on businesses to set out how they are currently supporting their disabled employees.

This comes as Transparity is confirmed as the 10,000th business to sign up to the flagship Disability Confident scheme, which marks its second anniversary this month. The scheme focuses on the role employers play in ensuring disabled people are recruited, retained and supported in their careers.

The latest employment figures show more than half of disabled people are now in work, with almost a million more disabled people in the workplace over the last five years.

Welcoming the announcement, Scope Director of Policy and Research, Anna Bird, said:

"This is a watershed moment – we will only be able to tackle disability unemployment if we understand the scale of the problem.

"We frequently hear from disabled people about difficulties they face – from negative attitudes and inaccessible recruitment processes, to inflexible workplaces and difficulties getting adjustments.

"Data on disability is crucial for employers to understand what action they need to take to recruit and retain disabled people.

"The Government must ensure that this information shapes future approaches to increasing disability employment. This will be vital in realising the ambition to get one million more disabled people into work by 2027."

You can find out more about the framework via the government's website:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/voluntary-reporting-on-disability-mental-health-and-wellbeing/voluntary-reporting-on-disability-mental-health-and-wellbeing-a-framework-to-support-employers-to-voluntarily-report-on-disability-mental-health-an

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