Record number of disabled people helped back into work

The Government has helped more than 29,000 disabled benefit claimants get back into work by starting their own business, a new report has revealed.

The finding forms part of a new study published by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) into the success of the New Enterprise Allowance.

Under the scheme, the Government will offer a “cash injection” of up to £25,000, as well as a personal business mentor and a weekly living allowance, to enable disadvantaged people to launch their own enterprise.

The report comes on the third anniversary of the Disability Confidence scheme – a programme which helps disabled people return to work.

Announcing improvements to the scheme today, the DWP said employers will now be required to “practice what they preach” and ensure that disabled people have equal access to employment opportunities.

Commenting on the report, Work and Pensions Secretary Thérèse Coffey said: “I want to ensure we live in a fair society in which disabled people are empowered to get on in their chosen career. These figures show the huge progress being made under this government to help them realise their aspirations.

“While we have made great gains so far, today I am calling on all businesses to take a look at their record on disability employment and think about what they can do to help create a more equal Britain.”

Minister for Disabled People Justin Tomlinson added: “Disability Confident and the success of the New Enterprise Allowance scheme reflect our bold commitment to get one million more disabled people into work by 2027.

“Smart employers recognise that disabled people can bring a wealth of skills and talents to an organisation – and they’re making sure they’re not missing out.”

According to the latest statistics, almost 15,000 businesses have joined the Disability Confident scheme to date.

Click here to learn more about the New Enterprise Allowance.

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