Rob Marris MP was pleased to attend an event last week hosted by the DWP.
“‘Access To Work’ is currently under used by employers. The DWP hosted a fantastic event to speak directly with businesses and highlight this useful assistance for both employees & business.”
Early this year the House of Commons Work and Pensions Committee, published a report regarding the disability employment gap. Whilst they welcomed the Governments ambitions to halve the gap, which amounts to over a million disabled workers, they rightly recognised businesses needed to be on board. Many employers still fail to fully recognise and address the needs of disabled staff.
The Department for Work and Pensions here in Wolverhampton are working towards reducing the gap with events like these. However tackling this gap will require sustained and specialist practical support for disabled people themselves, including those who are currently out of work. This includes greater protection for disabled benefit claimants from hardship related to sanctions, which may result in people finding it harder to get into work.
Pictured are Sarah Jury-Onen, DWP District Manager for the Black Country and Gary Jenkins, Recruitment Consultant at DWP W’ton