In the second episode of Bright Blue's Conservatism and human rights podcast, Laura Round talks to Kirsty McHugh, Chief executive of the Employment Related Services Association and James Dobson, a researcher at Bright Blue about disability discrimination.
Despite reforms to disability legislation, there has been little progress towards the Government's aim of halving the disability employment gap. The gap has increased slightly since 2012, and, even on longer-term trends, progress has been very slow. In 1998, the gap stood at 35.9%. In the 18 years which followed, it reduced by just 2.8 percentage points, to 33.1%. This painstakingly slow progress is the result of a number of significant barriers which have proved difficult to overcome.
In the first episode of Bright Blue's Conservatism and human rights podcast, Laura Round talks to Sam Smethers, Chief executive of the Fawcett Society and Saveena Mangat, Bright Blue's Research assistant about gender equality.