END THE GAP
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.”