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Key statistics on people with disabilities in employment

Published Tuesday, June 7, 2016

This note summarises the key statistics available on disabled people in employment in the UK.

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In the last Parliament, the independent Sayce review examined how to support disabled people in work. The Government welcomed the review and supported the central theme that resources should be directed towards disabled people themselves, giving them maximum choice and control in the services they receive.

Currently, people with disabilities in Great Britain may receive back-to-work support through the Work Programme.  However, for those whose needs cannot be met through mainstream employment support, specialist disability employment programmes are available including Access to Work and the Work Programme.

The latest employment figures for Q1 2016 show that 46.9% of disabled people were in employment compared to 79.9% of non-disabled people.


Commons Briefing papers CBP-7540

Authors: Jeanne Delebarre; Feargal McGuinness

Topics: Employment, Employment schemes

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