Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Working Disabled Up by 5.2% in a Year

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Working Disabled Up by 5.2% in a Year

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Byline: Joe Murphy and Mujina Kaindama

AN EXTRA 54,600 Londoners with disabilities have found jobs in the past year, official figures revealed today.

The 5.2 per cent rise was hailed by ministers as a success for Governmentbacked schemes to persuade big firms to take on disabled people.

The figures show 47 per cent of the 788,800 registered disabled people in the capital are employed, up from 42 per cent last year.

EasyJet founder Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou, whose firm is taking part in the schemes, called on more firms to recognise "the entrepreneurial flair" of disabled people. "Businesses in this country overlook the talents of disabled people at their peril," he added. Liz Sayce, of the charity Disability Rights UK, said it was "good news" but that it still meant more than half of people with disabilities were out of work. She said some employers taking part in the Government's Disability Confident campaign had become more open-minded but that its flagship Work Programme, designed to help people into jobs, tended to ignore people with the most severe conditions. …

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