New National Disability Strategy launches

In July, the UK Government published the new National Disability Strategy. This sets out the government’s vision to improve the everyday lives of disabled people. The strategy covers education, travel, work, home and social life.

The strategy is supported by £1.6bn of funding. It includes:

  • £300m investment in support for children with special educational needs and disabilities in schools
  • An online work passport to help disabled students move seamlessly from education to work
  • Plans to consult on disability workforce reporting for businesses with more than 250 staff
  • Increasing the number of disabled people employed by MI5, MI6, GCHQ, the Reservists and the civilian military by 2030.
  • Piloting an Access to Work Adjustments Passport to help smooth the transition into employment and support people changing jobs.
  • Raising the accessibility requirements for new homes
  • Mandating that 10% of homes built through the £11.5 billion Affordable Homes Programme 2021-26 will be for supported housing, boosting availability of good homes for those with additional needs.
  • New technology to make rail journeys easier and more accessible.

The Disability Strategy also covers a range of other areas including access to justice, culture and the arts.

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