Disability@Work has joined forces with other leading disability organisations to launch a new Disability Employment Charter . The Charter makes nine key demands of the government to ‘level up’ on the employment disadvantage faced by disabled people, with several of these demands stemming directly from Disability@Work research.
The other founder members of the Charter are the Business Disability Forum, Disability Rights UK, the University of Warwick, the DFN Charitable Foundation, Leonard Cheshire, Scope, Shaw Trust Foundation, and UNISON. Demonstrating the widespread support for the proposals the Charter outlines, approaching 50 organisations have signed it, including many of the country’s largest disability charities (Mencap, RNIB, RNID, Sense).
Among its proposals, the Charter calls for employers with at least 250 employees to publish annual data on how many disabled people they employ and the gap in pay between their disabled and non-disabled employees. It also calls for reforms to Disability Confident, for the greater leveraging of government procurement to improve disability employment outcomes, for unions to be better supported in representing their disabled members, and for improvements in national-level reporting on disability employment. These are all reforms Disability@Work raised with the Minister for Disabled People, the Cabinet Office Disability Unit and the DWP prior to the publication of the National Disability Strategy.
Further coverage of the Charter’s launch can be found at Disability News Service, and the Independent.