END THE GAP

West Lothian Courier - - District News -

An­gela Con­stance, MSP for Al­mond Val­ley, is back­ing Dis­abil­ity Agenda Scot­land’s call for ac­tion to ini­tially re­duce and ul­ti­mately end Scot­land’s dis­abil­ity em­ploy­ment gap fol­low­ing pub­li­ca­tion of their‘End the Gap’ re­port.

With only 42 per cent of peo­ple with a dis­abil­ity in em­ploy­ment (com­pared with 73 per cent for Scot­land as a whole), re­al­is­tic but am­bi­tious tar­gets are need to close the dis­abil­ity em­ploy­ment gap, in­clud­ing more em­ploy­a­bil­ity sup­port and en­cour­ag­ing young peo­ple to take up col­lege and modern ap­pren­tice­ship places.

An­gela Con­stance MSP said: “There’s needs to be con­ti­nu­ity of sup­port to help dis­abled peo­ple into work. We are ac­tively pro­mot­ing the DWP’s Ac­cess to Work Scheme to sup­port dis­abled peo­ple in the work­place and sus­tain em­ploy­ment. Re­mov­ing the bar­ri­ers to em­ploy­ment is one of the best ac­tions we can un­der­take.

“As part of our aim of halv­ing the dis­abil­ity em­ploy­ment gap, we will be set­ting a clear tar­get for em­ploy­ment lev­els in the pub­lic sec­tor where, cur­rently, only 12 per cent of em­ploy­ees are dis­abled.

“Dis­abled peo­ple in Al­mond Val­ley and across Scot­land have so much to of­fer em­ploy­ers and we must do all we can to sup­port them to get jobs and live their lives as in­de­pen­dently as they wish.”

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