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Government moves to create a more efficient and inclusive labour market

Government moves to create a more efficient and inclusive labour market

Leading business group, Employers' Forum on Disability (EFD) which represents over 300 employers, welcomes the announcement today that many of the recommendations in the independent Sayce Review of Specialist Disability Employment Programmes are going to be taken forward by the Government, signalling a move towards creating a more efficient labour market.

Susan Scott-Parker, Chief Executive of EFD says: "The Government’s implementation of the Sayce Review recommendations is good news for everyone. The UK already benefits from nearly 3.5 million disabled people already in employment. Today’s announcement is a much-needed step towards eliminating the barriers to employment faced by the many people with disabilities who want to work but are denied the chance to compete.

“The improvements to the Government’s Access to Work scheme signalled today will allow enhanced labour force mobility for the 3.5 million disabled people already in work, the 2% of the UK working age population that becomes disabled each year and the tens of thousands of active disabled job seekers. Any improvements to Access to Work are to be welcomed, the scheme is one of the Government’s best kept secrets, generating &pound1.44 return for every &pound1 spent by the Exchequer.

Commenting on the changes in Remploy’s focus Scott-Parker added: “The changes in Remploy’s focus and funding also announced today reflect the needs of our labour market and the preferences of disabled people generally who have made it clear over the years that they wish to work in the mainstream of our society.

“Remploy is changing because our economy has changed and Government policy now more closely reflects the need to invest in human potential and not make assumptions on the basis of a label. It is always unsettling when any organisation has to restructure, but having worked closely with Remploy for many years we are confident that those individuals affected by the changes will be effectively supported.

Scott-Parker added: "Over the last few years Remploy’s Employment Service has worked with many of our leading members including B&Q and Sainsbury’s bringing thousands of disabled people into mainstream employment. These employers are backing the Government’s plans and are committed to continuing to recruit people on the basis of their potential contribution with or without a disability.”

Jacki Connor, Director of Colleague Engagement at Sainsbury's, said:

"Over the last three years we've recruited over 1,000 colleagues with disabilities to work in our stores across the country. They are highly motivated, work really hard and are a true asset to our business. At Sainsbury's we aim to ensure that everyone can have the opportunity to work with us, and are treated fairly and equally when they do."


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