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TUC’s 9th Recession Report

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The TUC’s 9th Recession Report was published today, focusing in particular on the issue of how the recession has hit people with disabilities. The good news is that – at least up to now – the prospects of people with disabilities have not been particularly damaged by the recession, in that the employment rate gap between people with and those without disabilities has narrowed in the year from the first quarter of 2008 to the first quarter of 2009, as has the disability unemployment gap. At the same time, however, it is clear that the dimension of the continuing gap on both these two measures is still too wide: the employment rate of people who have a disability is still much lower. And, of course, the employment rate of people with disabilities has still fallen during the recession while the unemployment rate has risen.

As Richard Exell comments in his blog posting on the Report for Touchstone, any cuts in public services are likely to be a disaster for people with disabilities who would be ‘amongst the most significant losers’ in any programme of public sector cuts since the employment prospects of people with disabilities depend on the quality of our health, education and transport systems.

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Written by Calvin

21/07/2009 at 1:10 pm

Posted in Economic trends

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