Disability Minister Penny Mourdant attempted to sway learning disabled voters yesterday in emphasising that a Conservative Government would incentivise employers to take on more diverse workforces.
“We will give a national insurance holiday to employers who take on a disabled person,” the MP for Portsmouth North told an audience of 100 disabled people, charities and journalists from media outlets including Learning Disability Today.
In reiterating her party’s manifesto pledge, Mrs Mourdant attempted to placate an audience member at the disability hustings event, co-hosted by Mencap, who had told her “employers don’t give disabled people a chance.”
The majority of disabled adults in the UK remain out of work, and the inequity is particularly stark for people with learning disabilities.
Mrs Mourdant said the Department for Work and Pensions are working on a “one-stop shop” website for employers to access all the information and support they need around disability.
She insisted that she will ensure it is extensively marketed to employers when launched, if she is re-elected.
Panelists representing Labour and the Liberal Democrats also took part in the event.
Kate Green and Baroness Brinton took aim at the Conservatives over their handling of work capability assessments and social care funding.
Mrs Green reiterated Labour’s pledge to raise the carer’s allowance in line with employment support allowance, while Baroness Brinton promised the Lib Dems would oversee a substantial review of all social care funding.