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Disabled employment still an issue

24th May 2006

UK employers are still failing to recruit significant numbers of disabled employees, according to a new report.

The TUC study also claims that many people who become disabled while in work are losing their jobs.

The report states that the majority of UK firms do not have decent rehabilitation policies, meaning many of those who become disabled are unable to return to work.

In addition, the study calls for disabled people to receive improved advice regarding the employment options available to them.

TUC general secretary Brendan Barber, commented: "Half the battle in getting more disabled people into work is overcoming employer prejudice. When recruiting staff, many employers simply ignore job applicants with a history of long term sickness or who are on Incapacity Benefit.

"The national rolling out of the Pathways to Work scheme should increase the numbers of disabled people who are helped into work, and making employers work harder to keep staff who become ill or who are injured at work on their books would also make a real difference."

Today sees the opening day of the TUC's annual disability conference with a speech from Mr Barber detailing a three-point plan designed to help disabled people keep their jobs or find employment.