EDM | Employment Of Disabled People

Posted on: 15th June 2011

Andrew George MP has signed EDM number 1836 in 2010-11, proposed by Jeremy Corbyn on 19/05/2011.

The motion reads,

That this House acknowledges the unfair treatment of disabled people in the workplace as the primary reason why they are not employed, rather than the central flawed assumption contained in the Welfare Reform Bill that disabled people need to change their attitude and to be incentivised to work through having their benefits reduced; notes that alongside benefit cuts come cuts in funding for Access to Work (ATW) and the repercussions of job losses and a reluctance to employ disabled people; further notes the need to ensure more disabled people are employed; and calls on Her Majesty’s Government to increase resources for ATW and to increase investment in specialist employment support services, including more disability employment advisers, to ensure a robust enforcement of disabled people’s rights under the Equalities Act 2010 in the area of unemployment instead of the Government’s move to abolish the Act in its aim to reduce the legislative burden on employers, and to ensure more targeted support for disabled people wanting to be self-employed or set up their own businesses as a more suitable option.