Disability Rights debated at Prime Ministers Questions

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Jeremy Corbyn, Labour Leader put the disability rights questions to the Prime Minister Theresa May on December 5 2018 during the latest session of Prime Ministers Questions.  He said:

Two years ago a United Nations Committee found this Government’s policies towards disabled people represented a ‘grave and systematic violation of their rights’.  Does the Prime Minister think that situation has improved in the past two years?

The Prime Minister replied:

First of all, in answer to the latter point that he’s made is this Government that has a key commitment in relation to helping disabled people get into the workplace.  There are too many disabled people who have felt that they have not been able to do what they want to do.  And by actually getting into the workplace, earning an income for themselves and their families and it is this Government that is helping.  And the former Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, through the arrangements she put in place to ensure the Disability Confident arrangement that she put in place are doing exactly that.

We welcome this debate in Parliament.  Trailblazers work focuses on the rights of disabled people, but also on making sure that disabled people can reach their full potential in life.

This year, Emma Vogelmann our Employability Officer has been looking into the issues and solutions surrounding working as a disabled person.  Through running Employability Bootcamps and forming both employee and employers working groups she is building a picture of the current situation and the solutions.

In March we will be launching a report summarising the findings of the investigation we have done around issues of employment, and outlining solutions for both employers and disabled people.

Emma Vogelmann said:

We are really pleased to see the issues facing disabled people, and particularly disabled jobseekers, being highlighted in PMQs and welcome the Government’s commitment to Disability Confident. However, through my work as Employability Officer, I have heard first-hand that more measures need to be put in place to reach the target of getting 1 million more disabled people into work. I have spoken with many young disabled people and employers to find out what they believe the barriers are, and from this we will be publishing a report in March with recommendations for the Government to act upon.

Trailblazers has now moved to pan-disability charity Whizz-Kidz (September 2020).

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