Government launches bid to cut inequality faced by disabled people

A plan to substantially cut the inequalities faced by disabled people has been launched by the Government.


Disabled people would receive extra support to find work, improve their skills and retain jobs under the new plans. More aid to help them live independently will also be given.


The report, called Improving the Life Chances of Disabled People, is backed by four government departments. The hope is that, by 2025, disabled people will be accepted as equal members of society.


Under the plan, a new Office for Disability Issues will be set up to co-ordinate the Government’s work. The move follows frequent complaints that separate agencies have not been working well together.


Minister for disabled people, Maria Eagle, said the strategy would build on the Government’s existing work to tackle discrimination and improve civil rights.


“This report is the next step, which sets out a radical vision for delivering choices and opportunities for disabled people over the next 20 years,” she said.


The Disability Rights Commission says the proposed measures should help to put people in control of their own lives.


 

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