The House of Commons Work and Pension Select Committee published its report on the Disability Employment Gap including evidence and recommendations from our submissions. We raised issues around deficiencies in the measurement of disability and disability-related gaps which made tracking progress and evaluating policy interventions difficult. Three main concerns were that changes in questions over time precluded feedback on the effectiveness of changes in policy and practice, a measure of functional impairment was needed as well as a the current social/legal measure and that gaps in in-work experience (e.g. job quality) were important additional measures to employment (DEG 0023 para 12). The Inquiry agreed and recommended that
The Department commit to gather data and report on a range of measures, including, but not limited to, those using the Labour Force Survey. It should report on measures of disabled people’s experiences of the quality of work, surveys using questions that give specific examples of mental or physical difficulties in carrying out day-to-day actions in determining whether an individual is “disabled”, and progress on reducing employment gaps for different conditions (para 14)
At para. 56, the Inquiry recognised that narrowing the disability employment gap requires that employers need to commit to recruit and retain disabled people and that Government needs to learn the lessons from criticisms of the old Disability Confident Campaign (see DEG0074 paras. 53 and 54) and to commission an evaluation of the relaunched campaign before 2020 (para.56).