The need for a National Strategy for Disabled People has increased every day of the pandemic that has delayed its
publication. At long last it looks like the Government’s Strategy – which could be significant for
social entrepreneurs - will soon be released. So, what do we hope to see in it?
At the 2019 General Election, the systemic barriers facing disabled people were already enough for the Conservatives
to pledge a National Strategy ‘before the end of 2020’. They said it would improve access to things like
housing and education, improve the benefits system (e.g. by reducing the number of reassessments) and reduce the
disability employment gap.
Earlier this year, a report
by the Centre for Social Justice reached a damning conclusion: “Every headline
indicator – across employment, education, housing, transport, and goods and services – reveals
significant inequality between disabled and non-disabled people, no matter the type of disability or health
Social entrepreneurs and other experts have a wealth of ideas that would help address these inequities. We hope that
the following clear and crucial actions from five experts, along with the proposals UnLtd put forward, will be
strongly present in the government's paper in July:
Starting with a short video recording from Diversity & Ability’s Atif Choudhury.
Come back to our blog page and social media during the coming month to see whether everyone’s ideas get incorporated
into the Strategy.
UnLtd is committed to 50% of our grants going to social entrepreneurs who identify as being Black, Asian, from a
minority ethnic background and/or Disabled across all of our grant giving. Underscoring this is a particular focus
on supporting social entrepreneurs with personal experience of the issue they are working to solve.