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Task force to get disabled back into work

8th August 2005

A new task force will help people with disabilities gain training and find employment.

A leading employer of people with disabilities, Remploy, and charities Radar and Mencap have joined forces to set up the programme, which will help train and mentor people with mental health problems and learning disabilities.

It comes as part of the government's push to take one million people off Incapacity Benefit and into jobs.

The organisations involved in rolling out the initiative will meet in September to discuss tactics and ways to implement training systems.

Bob Warner chief executive of Remploy told the BBC he was also keen for workers to be trained in how to help colleagues with disabilities.

"There is a lot of goodwill among employers, but we feel that too many people have been excluded from everyday life for too long," Mr Warner said.

If successful the programme will be implemented across the country.