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Equality Issues: Supporting Disabled People in the Workforce

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On Thursday 23 July 2020 at 2pm, we had a Supporters Network Event. Our guest speakers had a 45-minute discussion on COVID-19, and how this has exposed and exacerbated equality issues in the workplace. There was a specific focus on disabled people, and how employers can properly support them during lockdown and re-opening phases, and when moving forward. Our speakers were Ian MacArthur (Head of the Charter), Michele Scattergood (Chief Executive at Breakthrough UK), Kate Headley (Director at The Clear Company), Lee Jefcott (Partner at Brabners) and James Williams (Group Transformation Lead at Lloyds Banking Group).

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Equality Issues: Supporting Disabled People in the Workforce

  1. 1. Classified: Internal Personal and Confidential Supported by Supporters’ Network Webinar GREATER MANCHESTER GOOD EMPLOYMENT CHARTER Supporting Disabled People in the Workforce EQUALITY ISSUES
  2. 2. Classified: Internal Personal and Confidential Supported by Supporters’ Network Webinar GREATER MANCHESTER GOOD EMPLOYMENT CHARTER Ian MacArthur, Head of Charter Implementation Unit Michele Scattergood, Chief Executive at Breakthrough UK Kate Headley, Director at The Clear Company Lee Jefcott, Partner at Brabners James Williams, Group Transformation Lead at Lloyds Bank SPEAKERS
  3. 3. Michele Scattergood - Chief Executive m.scattergood@breakthrough-uk.co.uk Key challenges disabled people face to accessing good work
  4. 4. Breakthrough UK • Worked in Mcr and GM for over 20 years • We are a disabled people’s organisation • We are influencers and service providers. Independent Living & Employment • Last year 600 dp, 84 in Employment Support , 27 gained work 28/07/2020 © Breakthrough UK Ltd www.breakthrough-uk.co.uk 4
  5. 5. Who are disabled people? • 5% of disabled people are wheelchair users • 1 in 5 people have an impairment • 1 in 6 have mental health issues. 28/07/2020 © Breakthrough UK Ltd www.breakthrough-uk.co.uk 5
  6. 6. Facts and Stats • Disabled people are twice as likely as non disabled people to be unemployed • 526,000 more disabled people in work by 2030 would generate £6 billion to the Exchequer and a GDP increase of £23 billion • Impairment doesn’t mean illness 28/07/2020 © Breakthrough UK Ltd www.breakthrough-uk.co.uk 6
  7. 7. Q:Why ? A: It’s Social not Medical • Environmental barriers • Institutional barriers • Attitudinal barriers • Accessing Information We can make changes & remove barriers not change the person/ remove impairments 28/07/2020 © Breakthrough UK Ltd www.breakthrough-uk.co.uk 7
  8. 8. Common Barriers to employment? A : Littered with barriers at all levels . - Many un-intentional bias - Getting into work, staying in work, progressing in work 28/07/2020 © Breakthrough UK Ltd www.breakthrough-uk.co.uk 8
  9. 9. Not steps or stairs ? … Not the most common barrier at all Disabled employees prioritise workplace adjustments as essential to their retention 1 in every 2 disabled employees stating this is the single most important issue for their retention and development. 28/07/2020 © Breakthrough UK Ltd www.breakthrough-uk.co.uk 9
  10. 10. What’s a common ‘adjustment’ ? 28/07/2020 © Breakthrough UK Ltd www.breakthrough-uk.co.uk 10
  11. 11. Nope … • 40% of unemployed disabled people say that rigid working hours can discourage them from entering work; just 3.1% describe physical inaccessibility as a barrier. Most adjustments are a change in ‘approach’ or cost under £200 28/07/2020 © Breakthrough UK Ltd www.breakthrough-uk.co.uk 11
  12. 12. Key Barriers to good work 1. Assumptions 2. Access to training & work experience 3. Flexible recruitment methods 4. Lack of monitoring - who are your disabled staff 5. Lack of conversations and reasonable adjustments 28/07/2020 © Breakthrough UK Ltd www.breakthrough-uk.co.uk 12
  13. 13. VICKY’S STORY 28/07/2020 © Breakthrough UK Ltd www.breakthrough-uk.co.uk 13
  14. 14. In Summary Disabled people are the experts Impairment not illness Social Model not medical Adjustments (not assumptions) Barriers Labels Environment Disabled people are the experts 28/07/2020 © Breakthrough UK Ltd www.breakthrough-uk.co.uk 14
  15. 15. Michele Scattergood - Chief Executive admin@breakthrough-uk.co.uk For more advice and information
  16. 16. Classified: Internal Personal and Confidential Supported by Supporters’ Network Webinar GREATER MANCHESTER GOOD EMPLOYMENT CHARTER GMgoodemploymentcharter.co.uk @GoodEmpCharter #GoodEmployment THANK YOU!

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