Theresa May backs government plan to get 1m disabled people into work

Prime Minister Theresa May has given her personal support to government plans to help 1m disabled people into work in the next 10 years.

Ministers say the newly announced strategy will help people with disabilities to retain their jobs and progress in their careers. The government says it wants to reduce the employment gap between non-disabled people, currently 80%, and the employment rate of just under 50% for disabled people. 

The PM has given her personal support to the plans. “Everyone deserves the chance to find a job that’s right for them,” she said, adding: “I am committed to tackling the injustices facing disabled people who want to work, so that everyone can go as far as their talents will take them.

“This strategy sets out how government, employers and the health service will work together to get more disabled people into employment, and help shift the attitude of business and society to disability.”

Among the measures announced are:

  • Providing access to personalised support for those with mental health issues
  • Extending the range of healthcare professionals who can issue ‘fit note’ certifications – which detail how a condition affects someone’s ability to work – beyond GPs, to include physiotherapists, psychiatrists and senior nurses
  • Reforming statutory sick pay

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