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25th June 2019

PM launches new plan to tackle barriers faced by disabled people

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Injustices faced by disabled people in the workplace, at home and in the community will be tackled head-on through a new package of measures ordered by the Prime Minister.

Higher accessibility standards for new housing, an overhaul of statutory sick pay, and greater workplace support are part of renewed efforts to ensure disabled people can fully participate in society.

New national outcomes data for disabled people will also be published, shining a light on injustices and driving action to tackle barriers they face.

With around a fifth of the working-age population living with a disability, the Prime Minister has also announced a new cross-government disability team.

Incorporating the Office for Disability Issues, the new team will sit alongside the Government Equalities Office and Race Disparity Unit in a new Equalities Hub at the heart of government.

This team will work closely with disabled people, disabled people’s organisations and charities to develop a new approach to disability, with their views and experiences at the forefront of any new policy.

Other proposals include:

  • New employee rights to request workplace modifications on health grounds
  • New metrics to compare how well companies deliver for disabled customers in essential markets, such as energy, broadband and water.
  • New research to ensure disabled people are at the heart of future Government policy, to be published early next year.