In an address at Westminster Business Forum’s ‘Disability in the Workplace’ event in January 2020, at which the Minister for Disabled People was in attendance, Kim Hoque provided a critique of the government’s Disability Confident campaign, highlighting that very few employers have signed up to the scheme; and that Disability Confident employers are no more likely than non-Disability Confident employers to employ disabled people, are no more likely to have adopted disability equality policies and practices, and the gap between disabled and non-disabled employees’ in-work experiences is no smaller.
He also highlighted the limitations of the reforms to Disability Confident announced by government at the end of 2019, arguing that although Disability Confident Level 3 employers will now be required to engage with the government’s framework for Voluntary Reporting on Disability, Mental Health and Wellbeing, they will still not be required to report the key metric regarding the proportion of their workforce that is disabled.
He concluded by arguing for the introduction of mandatory disability employment reporting, and for greater government support for trade union equality representatives and disability champions, given disability@work research regarding their substantive positive influence on employers’ treatment of disabled people.
Kim’s presentation is available at (ADD attached slides and link to these Westminster Forum presentation)
Briefing Note on research on Two Ticks
Briefing Note on the government’s reforms to Disability Confident