With the employment rate at a record high and the unemployment rate at its lowest in 43 years, jobs have been this Government’s great triumph. We will continue to make sure as many people can take part as we can and this counts doubly for disabled people.
Since 2010 we have helped over 600,000 disabled people get themselves into work and have set ourselves the ambitious target of helping a million more before the end of this Parliament. One way we are doing this is with the Disability Confident scheme, which challenges negative attitudes towards employing disabled people and promotes equal employment opportunities. On Friday 23rd March I was joined by Minister for Disabled People Sarah Newton MP at Enham Trust just outside Andover along with dozens of local businesses, charities and public sector organisations to do just that.
Getting more disabled people into jobs lets them bring their talents into the workplace, but it also gives employers access to the new ideas, new thinking and new skills they offer. It is a win-win for everyone and I am very pleased that nearly all of the businesses at the event signed up to become Disability Confident.
Kit Malthouse MP
Minister for Housing, Family Support and Child Maintainence