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S5W-16241: George Adam (Paisley)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 27 April 2018

To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the Congress on Disability, Employment and the Workplace, whether ministers will announce any new actions aimed at reducing the Disability Employment Gap.

Answered by: Jamie Hepburn 30 April 2018

Thirdly, that the Scottish Government will invest £1 million to provide additional support and advice to help meet our ambitions to increase the disability employment rate.

Secondly, the announcement of our intention to publish a Disability Employment Gap Action Plan in the Autumn of 2018. This plan will set out how we will meet our commitment to at least halve the Disability Employment Gap, working closely with civil society, employers, disabled peoples organisations, trade unions, and the wider public sector as well as disabled people themselves.

Firstly, the launch of a formal consultation on increasing disabled employment in the public sector, including options for setting targets for public sector bodies.

As part of our commitment to at least halve the Disability Employment Gap, the First Minister will set out three elements of an all-government, all-Scotland approach:

Throughout the day, the First Minister, the Minister for Social Security and I will be at the Scottish Government’s Congress on Disability, Employment and the Workplace, where we will be talking to disabled people, their organisations, and employers across the private, public and third sector, to ensure that we are taking the collective action necessary to ensure we deliver a step change in the number of disabled people in work.