Minister highlights Wales’ support to help disabled to get into work

19 May 2014

The Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty, Jeff Cuthbert, has said that helping disabled people into work is a key priority of the Welsh Government. He also outlined a number of schemes, which are helping support disabled people to maintain or gain new employment, at a UK Government Disability Confident Employers Event in Cardiff.

One of the schemes discussed was the Employer Support Grant (ESG), which is a Welsh Government wage subsidy scheme for organisations offering new employment opportunities to disabled former Remploy staff, who lost their jobs in the 2012/13 factory closures. More than 90 businesses have offered new employment opportunities to disabled former Remploy workers through the ESG scheme.

The Welsh Government is also helping disabled people through the:

Framework for Action on Independent Living, which aims to promote the rights of disabled people in Wales and to enable their full participation in society. Seven key priority areas identified by disabled people, one of which is employment.
Equality and Inclusion Grant which supports the Enabling Wales Project. Disability Wales, the Wales Co-operative Centre and DEWIS Centre for Independent Living have secured funding of £318,500 over three years. Their project will offer training, coaching and consultancy and business support to young disabled people and to existing disabled people’s organisations.