Disability Confident Britain The Disability and Health Employment Strategy – One year on

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Disability Confident Britain
The Disability and Health Employment Strategy – One year on

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Foreword: Esther McVey, Minister of State for Employment 2

Foreword: Mark Harper, Minister of State for Disabled People 2

In the future, I hope that even more British employers become Disability Confident, so we can all reap the benefits of a truly diverse workforce.More disabled people in work since 2013 3

Building disability confidence 4

Raising aspirations 5

Preparing for Work 6

Finding Work 8

Succeeding in Work 8

.Leading improvements 10

Foreword: Esther McVey, Minister of State for Employment

Last December, in the ‘Disability and Health Employment Strategy’, I set out my ambition to increase employment opportunities for disabled people. One year on, we are reporting on our progress and plans. Work can boost wellbeing, confidence and independence, so I am very pleased that there are 259,000 more disabled people in employment than one year ago, over 3 million in total.
In particular, I am keen to inspire young disabled people to aim high. Attainment levels for pupils with special educational needs have increased at both GCSE and A-level, and the number of disabled students gaining a degree each year has increased by nearly 50% over the last five years to over 38,000.
Disabled people should be able to use their educational achievements to obtain fulfilling jobs. Many of the initiatives outlined in this paper help them to do just that. The numbers of disabled people helped into work through each of our main employment programmes has increased in the past year.
In the future we want to continue to help growing numbers of people with disabilities and health conditions to be able to work. For 2015/16 there is an overall budget of £350m for disability and health employment support, including around £120m for Work Choice, over £100m for Access to Work and around £50m for Employment Support Allowance and Incapacity Benefit customers on the Work Programme. We will build on the successes of the past year so that Britain continues to be a place where disabled people can achieve their ambitions.

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