Party calls for changes to disabled employment approach

20-09-2006

Party calls for changes to disabled employment approach
The government's 'one size fits all' approach to employment for disabled people is failing, the Liberal Democrats have claimed.

The party has passed a motion which it says will address barriers faced by disabled people in getting equal access to education, training and employment.

Danny Alexander, the party's spokesman for disabled people said that a flexible personalised benefits system and improved community support were needed so that disabled people could live independent and fulfilling lives and find employment where necessary.

Around £6.7 billion of incapacity benefits are paid to disabled people per year, the party said, many of whom want to return to work.

"Services should not lock disabled people into a culture of dependency but enable them to make their own choices," said Mr Alexander.

"Direct payments and individual budgets for disabled people, with the support of a network of Centres for Independent Living are key to achieving this."



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