Addressing barriers to employment for disabled people

9 December 2016

This report presents findings from our research into the barriers to employment, volunteering and skills development for disabled people and individuals with long-term health conditions residing in Brighton & Hove.

Building on the research findings, it outlines recommendations for Brighton & Hove City Council and their partners to take forward in their efforts to increase the employment chances of disabled people and individuals with long-term health conditions. The proposals will form part of Brighton & Hove’s City Employment and Skills Plan. The research was commissioned by the Equality and Inclusion Partnership (EquIP) of Brighton & Hove and was jointly funded by Brighton & Hove City Council and the Brighton & Hove Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).

Our research findings identified two key objectives in improving support for disabled people and those with health conditions:

  • Increasing employment
  • Ensuring that employment can be maintained

These are underpinned by three enablers or critical elements that will support partners in Brighton & Hove to achieve these objectives:

  • Partnership working and information sharing
  • Employer engagement and support
  • Effective engagement with disadvantaged groups

We therefore made recommendations on these five areas, which included that the council prioritises disabled people within the City’s target for 1000 new apprenticeships in 1000 days and that it develops a ‘resources pack’ for businesses, which signposts to existing services and sources of support for employers and employees in managing health conditions and impairments in the workplace.