18 March 2019
Andrew Bridgen calls on Government to be more ambitious in its target to help 1 million people with disabilities into work

Andrew Bridgen welcomes the high number of people with disabilities who have been helped into work in the last five years but calls on the Government to be more ambitious in its target of helping 1 million people with disabilities into work.

Andrew Bridgen (North West Leicestershire) (Con)

I am glad that 145,000 more people with disabilities have found work in the last 12 months, leading to a total of 930,000 moving into work in the last five years. Does the Minister agree that the Government’s declared target of helping 1 million people with disabilities into work could be rather more ambitious than it is?

Guy Opperman

One million is a great start, but I believe that there is capability for more. I encourage all employers up and down the country to consider the many talented disabled people who want to join the workforce. The numbers are up all over the country already, as my hon. Friend outlines, but there is a lot more that can be done.

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