Kim Hoque has met with Tom Pursglove MP, Minister for Disabled People, to discuss the Disability Employment Charter. Many of the Charter’s proposals are underpinned by Disability@Work’s research.
The Charter outlines nine key policy areas on which the government needs to focus to address disability employment disadvantage including in relation to disability employment reporting, reform of Access to Work and Disability Confident, and the leveraging of government procurement expenditure to improve disabled people’s employment outcomes. The Charter has now been signed by over 135 organisations including many of the country’s leading national disability charities and a growing number of corporate organisations.
The discussion with the Minister focused in particular on the routes by which the Charter’s proposals might feed into the government’s Disability Action Plan, on which the government will be consulting soon. Also at the meeting were representatives of several of the Charter’s other founder members from Leonard Cheshire, Scope, the Shaw Trust Foundation, the DFN Charitable Foundation, and UNISON.