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Increasing the Employment of Disabled People in the Public Sector - Consultation

Increasing the Employment of Disabled People in the Public Sector - Consultation

Monday, April 30, 2018

ISBN: 9781788518277

According to survey data, only around one in nine public sector employees are disabled, despite disabled people making up almost one fifth of the working age population in Scotland. It’s clear we need to take action to help more disabled people into work in the public sector and crucially, to help them sustain their employment, including if they become disabled

Executive Summary

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A Fairer Scotland for Disabled People, published by the Scottish Government in December 2016 seeks to drive transformational change to improve the lives of disabled people in Scotland. It recognises the challenges and barriers disabled people face in the labour market and sets out a range of commitments to support our ambition to reduce by at least half the disability employment gap

 

In recent months, the Scottish Government has engaged with disabled people, their representative bodies and other stakeholders both inside and out with government to consider how this very ambitious target can be achieved. The public sector clearly has a key role to play in achieving our ambition and its institutions should set the standard for Scotland.

 

This consultation sets out the current situation in Scotland in terms of the employment of disabled people in the public sector in Scotland. It discusses current data collections and what can be done to improve these, and it sets out potential options for targets and other measures. We want to hear public sector bodies‘ and disabled people's organisations’ views on how we can improve the employment of disabled people in the public sector in Scotland, including what their views are of targets, and what other measures can be taken to improve this. Importantly we also want to hear from disabled people themselves.