Disability Confident celebrates its second birthday

The government’s Disability Confident campaign is two years old this week. Through the campaign, the government works with employers to remove barriers, increase understanding and ensure that disabled people have the opportunities to fulfil their potential and realise their aspirations. Employers are crucial to improving employment outcomes for disabled people.

ecdp is an official partner, as well as a long-term promoter and supporter of Disability Confidence and works with organisations to support their Disability Confident agendas. See our Disability Confident Portal for more information.

Work and Pensions Secretary, Iain Duncan Smith, has publicly thanked employers for getting behind the government-organised drive, helping to strengthen and diversify the labour market as well as giving hundreds of thousands more disabled people the chance to pursue their career ambitions. Over the past year the number of disabled people in work has increased by 238,000 – the equivalent of around 650 more every day.

Mr Duncan Smith said:

"The Prime Minister launched Disability Confident 2 years ago to highlight the clear, undeniable business benefits of recruiting disabled people. The success of the campaign is clear to see and I want to thank the businesses which have responded so enthusiastically. I want everyone to have the chance to benefit from the independence and security of a pay packet. By continuing our efforts, we can give more disabled people that opportunity enabling them to lead full and independent lives and fulfil their career ambitions.

In total, 3.2 million disabled people are now in work – but the government is committed to increasing this by around a further one million as part of its ambition to halve the gap between the employment rates of disabled people and the wider population. The aim of Disability Confident is to work with employers to remove barriers, increase understanding and ensure that disabled people have the opportunities to fulfil their potential in the workplace"

In total, 376 UK employers now support the campaign, including Sainsbury’s, Barclays and BT. Marks and Spencer is one of the latest major firms to join. 

Minister for Disabled People, Justin Tomlinson, challenged other businesses to consider the boost that untapped disabled talent could bring to their workforce:

"The attitudes of employers are changing as they wake up to the fact that treating disabled people fairly isn’t just the right thing to do – it makes business sense too.

The most successful businesses are those with the most committed and talented workforces – and no business can achieve that without being alive to the skills that the millions of disabled people in the UK have to offer."

For more information, see the government's Disability Confident web site.



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