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


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



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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


There are nearly 11.5 million working age people in Great Britain with a disability or health condition. Our vision is one of empowering disabled people to realise their aspirations and fulfil their potential. In the past, it was often assumed that people with disabilities or health conditions could not work, but now we know that employment has a wide range of health benefits, and that Britain cannot afford to lose out on the contribution that disabled people can make.
In 2013, we published ‘Disability and Health Employment Strategy: The Discussion So Far’. This paper sets out the progress that has been made in the past year.
Through our Disability Confident campaign, we have been working with employers to remove barriers that might prevent disabled people from fulfilling their aspirations. Work Choice, Work Programme and Jobcentre Plus have also been helping increasing numbers of disabled people to prepare for work and find jobs. Once disabled people secure work, they can use our world-leading Access to Work Programme to help with workplace adjustments. We constantly aim to improve our services, trialling innovative ideas and introducing new services such as Fit for Work.
The latest figures show that there are 259,000 more disabled people in employment in GB than one year ago (3.07m in Q3 2014 up from 2.81m in Q3 2013) – with the largest recorded Q3 year on year employment rate increase in the last decade.
Since 2013:

  • 259, 000 More disabled people in work

  • 38,610 Job outcomes for disabled people via Work Programme (2013/14)

  • 10,830 Job outcomes for disabled people via Work Choice prime providers (2013/14)

  • 1,100 Employers signed up to Disability Confident

  • 35,500 Disabled people supported by Access to Work (2013/14)


Employee story

Lizzie Baily has congenital muscular dystrophy so she uses an electric wheelchair. She has worked at Medmerry School since 2005 when she graduated from the University of Chichester with a BA Honours in Childhood Studies, Early Years.

Lizzie thinks it’s really important for children to see that you can achieve anything, whatever your needs might be.
Lizzie’s advice for young people starting out is to be really confident about what you want. “Remember that you’re a person who happens to have a disability, so don’t let anybody else’s preconceptions put you off.”
Lizzie says: “My advice to employers is to talk to the person who’s looking for a job. If you think they’re suitable then discuss their needs on how you can best support them to achieve an outcome that works for you both.”


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