Minister quizzed by Fylde MP over disabled work scheme

FYLDE MP Mark Menzies asked about Government plans to support people with mental health issues in their careers during a session in the House of Commons.

The Member of Parliament was speaking during Work and Pensions Questions and asked the Minister about the department’s Disability Confident campaign.

The project involves the Government working with employers to remove barriers for disabled people, increase understanding in the workplace and ensure they have the opportunities to fulfil their potential and realise their aspirations.

Speaking in the Commons, Mr Menzies said: “Mental health issues in Fylde are as serious as they are anywhere else, so what plans does the Minister have to support further people with mental health conditions throughout the Disability Confident campaign?”

Minister for Disabled People, Mark Harper MP, replied: “I am pleased that my hon. Friend mentions the Disability Confident campaign.

“I have invited Members from both sides of the House to talk about Disability Confident at an event in the House on Wednesday.”

The Minister added that he had recently had the privilege of meet people involved in the pilot programmes to hear about the success the Government has had in encouraging people with a mental health problem to get back into work.

Almost seven million people of working age in the UK are disabled or have a health condition. There has historically been a large gap between the numbers of disabled people employed compared with non-disabled people.

A number of high profile national companies – including Ernst and Young, McDonalds, Rank Group and KPMG – have joined the campaign to bridge this gap.

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