Halving the Gap: Making the Work and Health Programme work for disabled people

6.9 million people in the UK aged 16-64 have a long-term health condition or disability. This is equivalent to around one in six of the ‘working age’ population. However,while 80% of those who are not disabled are in work, just 47% of disabled people are in employment.

Of the 3.6 million disabled people who are out of work, nearly half (47%) are neither looking for work nor available for work this is three times the rate for those who are not disabled. Disabled people are half as likely to be actively looking for work as their peers who are not disabled.