The APPG for Disability has distributed a newsletter to all Parliamentarians and its observer community outlining its activities in the three months to June. One of the topics it covered was the disability@work brief on the policy reforms that are needed to protect disabled people during the COVID-19 recession. It highlighted our research which shows that during the Great Recession disabled people were 16% more likely to experience a pay cut or freeze, and 28% more likely to see restricted access to paid overtime. It also emphasised our recommendation that initiatives such as Access to Work, Disability Confident, and the voluntary reporting framework should be significantly revised to ensure disabled people are better protected during the downturn. The APPG has backed these proposals and will be discussing them with the Minister for Disabled People shortly.
The newsletter also focused on the open letter the APPG for Disability has sent to the Prime Minister calling for a disability inclusive response to the recession. The letter was signed by 101 Parliamentarians and was covered by the BBC, which also cited disability@work research.
To see the BBC coverage: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-52504820