On 17th November, Onward held a roundtable with Scope to discuss how the Treasury and the Department of Work and Pensions can best support disabled people.
The discussion acknowledged the progress that the Government has made in improving opportunities for disabled people. This included narrowing the disability employment gap, creating a new Disabilities Unit within the Cabinet Office and, more recently, the various grant and wage subsidy schemes brought in as a result of the pandemic.
There was also clear consensus that Ministers cannot rest on their laurels. There can be little doubt that the COVID-19 crisis has disproportionately affected disabled people, who have disproportionately lost their jobs and who have often found it more difficult to adapt to the changes to society and the economy that the pandemic has driven.
The event was held under Chatham House Rule
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