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04 December 2017

Prime Minister pledges jobs for a million more disabled people

A million more disabled people will be in work over the next decade if plans outlined by the Prime Minister prove a success.

Theresa May is pledging to tackle "injustices" by working with businesses to deliver improved mental health training for work coaches, and reform statutory sick pay.

Ms May said: "The path a person takes in life and in work should not be dictated by their disability or health condition. Everyone deserves the chance to find a job that's right for them.

"I am committed to tackling the injustices facing disabled people who want to work, so that everyone can go as far as their talents will take them."

A green paper published in 2016 made a pledge to reduce the so-called disability employment gap by 50%.

The gap - referring to the difference between ratio of employed disabled people and employed non-disabled people - is 32%, according to last year's figures.

The 10-year plan aims to build on the green paper and positively impact the number of disabled people in work.

The PM says the Government recognises the hugely positive impact that working can have on people's health and wellbeing, saying it is "determined to break down the barriers to employment facing disabled people".

She added: "This strategy sets out how Government, employers and the health service will work together to get more disabled people into employment, and help shift the attitude of business and society to disability."

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