The government has launched a new £6.4 million online service to help employers support disabled employees. In a press release on the Gov.uk website, the Department for Work and Pensions explains that the move is designed to empower disabled employees and educate employers on ways to make the jobs market more accessible to disabled people. 

The new website has been developed in response to a 2019 consultation which directly worked with employers to discover what they needed to open up more opportunities for disabled people. The government has now launched a prototype website which will be tested and improved over the next three years. 

Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work, Claire Coutinho said: “Since 2017 we have seen one million more disabled people in work, beating our target by five years. Now we want to go even further by giving more employers the tools and information they need to ensure disabled people and those with health conditions can succeed in the workplace.”

She added: “As the new Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work, there is no end to my ambition to build on the success of the Department by making sure disabled people have the same opportunities as everyone else to start, stay and succeed in work.”

The test site, called Support With Employee Health And Disability, offers advice and legal requirements around communicating with employees both in and out of the workplace, and how to make adjustments which will help to retain disabled workers. It is aimed at smaller employers who are less likely to have access to large HR departments. 

The government has set a target to create one million more jobs for disabled people over the next five years, and will spend a further £1.3 billion providing extra support to improve inclusion and diversity in the workplace. 

 

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