3 February 2017

RBLI Chief Executive featured in Government Disability Employment Gap report

The Work & Pensions Committee’s Disability Employment Gap Report has been released today and we are delighted to see RBLI's Chief Executive Steve Sherry feature on page 37.

Last year, the Government pledged to halve the disability employment gap —the difference between the employment rates of disabled and non-disabled people. This initative is an important change in how disabled people are seen in our economy and society.

At current employment levels, halving the gap would require over one million more disabled people to be in work and achieving this will require a clear focus on the role that employers and in-work support must play, as well as careful consideration of the necessary role of benefits.

However, the Government will struggle to achieve its objective if it cannot bring employers on board, and enhance in-work support. Employment opportunities must be opened up to more disabled people and employers helped to see how taking on disabled people, and retaining employees who become disabled, could be good for their businesses.

Steve Sherry, Chief Executive of Royal British Legion Industries, said that a wider experimental approach was needed: "You should have some ambitious, radical and different programmes out there and see what really does work. Otherwise we will just be doing more of the same. If we do more of the same, we will get more of the same, which is not good enough."

RBLI looks forward to playing a key role in pushing this initiative forward whether it is by directly employing those with disabilities through our social enterprise or supplying them with the help to gain employment through its wide variety of support programmes.

If you would like to access the report, please follow this link: https://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201617/cmselect/cmworpen/56/56.pdf