Department for Work and Pensions
Disability Confident scheme leads to inclusive workforce
On the third anniversary of the scheme, changes have been announced to help businesses achieve their goal of workplace inclusivity.
More than 29,000 disabled benefit claimants have been supported to start their own business through government funding, new figures show.
This represents almost a quarter of all total start-ups funded by the New Enterprise Allowance, which launched 8 years ago to help unemployed people become their own boss as a route off benefits.
The New Enterprise Allowance offers budding entrepreneurs a cash injection of up to £25,000 for their business idea, as well as the support of a personal business mentor and weekly living allowance.
The figures come as we mark the third anniversary of the Disability Confident scheme, which was created to provide employers with the skills and confidence they need to attract, recruit, retain and develop disabled people in the workplace.
Recently (02 November 2019) the Secretary of State has confirmed a series of changes to the scheme to help businesses achieve their goal of workplace inclusivity, including a new requirement for leading Disability Confident employers to practice what they preach and ensure disabled people are on their payroll – and report how many are.
Work and Pensions Secretary Thérèse Coffey recently said:
I want to ensure we live in a fair society in which disabled people are empowered to get on in their chosen career. These figures show the huge progress being made under this government to help them realise their aspirations.
While we have made great gains so far, today I am calling on all businesses to take a look at their record on disability employment and think about what they can do to help create a more equal Britain.
Thousands of businesses – including major employers such as Sainsbury’s and GlaxoSmithKline – have already signed up to the scheme.
Changes being rolled out imminently include requiring Disability Confident Leader businesses to publicly report on their disability employment using a Voluntary Reporting Framework and extending membership for new signups to 3 years, and changing the terms of membership to make it explicit senior members must employ disabled people.
Minister for Disabled People Justin Tomlinson recently said:
Disability Confident and the success of the New Enterprise Allowance scheme reflect our bold commitment to get one million more disabled people into work by 2027.
Smart employers recognise that disabled people can bring a wealth of skills and talents to an organisation – and they’re making sure they’re not missing out.
To date 15,000 businesses have joined Disability Confident.
Find out more about the Disability Confident scheme
Contact Press Office
Media enquiries for this press release – 020 3267 5106
London Press Office (national media and London area enquiries only – not questions about personal claims) 020 3267 5144
Out-of-hours (journalists only) 07623 928 975
England and Wales (local media enquiries) 029 20 586 then 097 or 098 or 099
Scotland (local media enquiries) 0131 310 1122
Follow DWP on:
Latest News from
Department for Work and Pensions
Support for those arriving from Afghanistan21/09/2021 15:05:00
The DWP is supporting those arriving from Afghanistan as part of Operation Warm Welcome, including earlier access to benefit and employment support.
New recommendations to give pension savers a voice in how their hard-earned savings are being looked after have been published.21/09/2021 10:10:00
The Taskforce on Pension Scheme Voting Implementation (TPSVI) has set out its recommendations on how to strengthen the role of those who manage people’s savings in a move which will see significant strides towards safer, better and greener pension schemes.
Post Office card accounts closure extended until November 202210/09/2021 13:10:00
Post Office Card Accounts are to be extended for another year in order to safely move existing users over to traditional bank accounts or a new Payment Exception Service.
Legislation to ensure fairness for pensioners and taxpayers08/09/2021 12:15:00
Following unprecedented fluctuations to earnings caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the government has announced legislation to set aside for one year the use of average earnings growth figures for State Pensions up-rating.
New National Disability Strategy launches28/07/2021 11:05:00
More accessible housing, easier commuting and better job prospects are set to become reality for millions of disabled people in the UK through actions set out in the government’s National Disability Strategy.
The Pensions Ombudsman to continue tenure23/07/2021 14:20:00
Anthony Arter will continue in his role as the Pensions Ombudsman for another year.
Disabled people to have their say in shaping the future of the benefits system21/07/2021 11:20:00
The new Health and Disability Green Paper – launched yesterday – will pave the way for a fairer future of the benefits system to better meet the needs of disabled people and those with health conditions.
Government announces package of measures to support road haulage industry20/07/2021 15:29:00
Measures introduced to support recruitment and retention within the road haulage industry to ease pressure on the sector.