National disability charity, Sense, has responded to the government announcement that they plan to get one million more disabled people in work over the next 10 years.

According to ONS figures, disabled people are twice as likely to be unemployed as non-disabled people.  About 80% of non-disabled people are in work compared with just under 50% of disabled people.

Richard Kramer, Deputy CEO of national disability charity, Sense, said:

“We want ambition to be matched by action that tackles barriers to work.

Disabled people want to work, but there are barriers that prevent them from finding work and progressing in employment. These include negative attitudes from employers and recruitment agencies, inaccessible workplaces and inflexible working practices.

It’s important that all disabled people who want to work, including those with more complex conditions such as deafblindness, have the opportunity to do so.  For this to happen we must see real changes in policy, legislation and employer attitudes.

We look forward to reviewing the detail of how the government plan to turn this ambition into a reality.”

To help get more disabled people into work, Sense has been calling for:

  • Support for everyone who wants to get into work, regardless of the benefits they claim or their assessed level of disability. This support is currently only available to disabled people who receive certain benefits or those deemed ‘capable’ of working, and not to others. This needs to change.
  • Employment support that is tailored to people’s needs. People with complex communication needs may require specialist support that is different to the more general disability help available
  • Training for advisors, assessors and employers to increase their knowledge and understanding of complex communication needs

For more information visit www.sense.org.uk