The Work and Pensions Committee hears from Minister of State for Disabled People, Health and Work on the Conservative party's pledge to halve the disability employment gap and what the Government is doing to reach that goal.
Monday 28 November 2016, Wilson Room, Portcullis House
- Penny Mordaunt MP, Minister of State for Disabled People, Health and Work
- Tracey Waltho, Director, Work and Health Unit and Office for Disability Issues
- Alex Skinner, Director, Disability Employment and Support Directorate, Department for Work and Pensions
Background of the inquiry
The Conservative Party manifesto pledged to halve the disability employment gap, and the Chancellor re-affirmed this commitment in the 2015 Autumn Statement. At current levels, that would mean moving an extra 1.2 million disabled people into employment, at a moment when the Government has radically cut specialist support to claimants in the downsized Work and Health Programme.
The Committee asks the Minister whether the Government has now abandoned that pledge, and if not, can the measures in the Green Paper hope to achieve the target?