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The purpose of this debate is to discuss the Disability Confident scheme.

The Disability Confident scheme was introduced in July 2013 under the Coalition Government. As of 16 November there were 5,359 employers signed up to the scheme.

The Disability Confident scheme aims to get more disabled people into employment, and reduce the employment gap between disabled and non-disabled people. In April-June 2017, the employment rate for people with disabilities was 49.2%. This compared to an employment rate of 80.6% for people without disabilities.

The background of the scheme is provided, as well as key statistics on disabled people in employment, information on the Equality Act 2010, and a summary of the policies that were included in the Work, Health and Disability White Paper.

Further data on disabled people in the workplace are available in the library briefing paper People with disabilities in employment.

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