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Welfare Reform on the Web (April 2000): Services for the Disabled - UK

OPPORTUNITIES FOR DISABLED PEOPLE

Education and Employment Committee

London: TSO, 1999 (House of Commons papers session 1998-93; HC 111)

Disabled people are more likely to be economically inactive than non-disabled people. Those who are economically active are twice as likely to be unemployed as non-disabled people. Inquiry considers a range of evidence on the barriers to participation in education, training and employment which disabled people face, and makes recommendations on how these may be overcome. Proposes that the business case and for employing disabled people should be promoted and that the provisions of part 3 of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 should be extended to educational institutions. Examines and makes recommendations about policies designed to help disabled people find work such as the New Deal and the supported employment programme. Finally considers the extent to which the benefits system provides incentives and disincentives for disabled people to take up opportunity for education and employment.

PILOTING 'ONE' AND THE NEW DEAL FOR DISABLED PEOPLE

A. Hawksworth

Disability Rights Bulletin, Winter 1999, p.2-6

Article looks at two pilot schemes offering help to disabled people who want to work.

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