Work and Pensions Questions: Disability Employment Gap

On Monday, I asked the Minister of State for Work and Pensions, Penny Mordaunt MP, about the growing threat of increasing disability employment gap.

The Government have previously pledged to halve the disability employment gap by 202. However, it has not been clear what the Government has been doing recently to investigate the impact of job cuts on the public sector. For example, a third of the redundancies at the Equality and Human Rights Commission involved people with disabilities.

The Minister stated that the Government “recognise that we need to do more”. She went onto say that part of that is identifying particular roles that individuals can take up.

I believe that the Government is good at making headline announcements but they have not backed that up by action. This has resulted in situations – such as the one I mention above – where disabled people are facing public sector cuts.