The All Party Parliamentary Group for Disability has held a landmark meeting in its bid to press the UK Government to introduce mandatory reporting for disabled workers by adopting the measures in Lord Shinkwin’s Workforce Information Bill. This calls for mandatory disability employment and pay gap reporting for employers with 250 employees in line with gender pay gap reporting and the proposed reporting by ethnicity.
Kim Hoque from disability@work was pivotal in organising the meeting at which both he and Nick Bacon contributed with best practice on definitions and data collection. Wide-ranging support for the Bill was offered at the meeting from Parliamentarians including former Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Rt Hon Sir Iain Duncan Smith MP, and also from Disability Rights UK, the Business Disability Forum, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, the Trades Union Congress, Scope, Leonard Cheshire.
Lord Shinkwin commented that the meeting “demonstrated for the first time the growing consensus across a range of stakeholders including Parliamentarians, both sides of industry, professional bodies and Government departments, for the extension of mandatory reporting”. He added “if we finally see the extension of mandatory pay gap and employment reporting, ideally through the incorporation of the measures in my Bill within the forthcoming Employment Bill, this meeting will have been a landmark moment in bringing it about.”
For a full report on the meeting go to https://www.wbs.ac.uk/news/landmark-meeting-in-parliament-to-back-workforce-information-bill/
Briefing Note on defining disability in data collection
Briefing Note on improving labour market information on disability
Briefing Note on mandatory reporting