Call for Evidence

          All Party Parliamentary Group for Disability             

Chair: Dr Lisa Cameron MP

Vice Chair: Johnny Mercer MP

Secretary: Neil Coyle MP

Secretariat: Disability Rights UK

The All Party Parliamentary Group on Disability invites written submissions addressing the following questions and themes to inform its inquiry into how the Government can fulfil its pledge to halve the disability employment gap.

Business networks

What does an effective and inclusive business network look like? To what extent do disabled people participate in business networks?  How can disabled people be supported to participate, exchange their skills and support one another to work or start businesses? What external support is required to facilitate this?


More disabled people than non-disabled people are self-employed. What are the reasons for this? How do self-employment outcomes for disabled people compare with those for non-disabled people? What businesses have they started? Which ones are growing and why? What further support would make a difference to their viability and the disabled person’s quality of life?

Research and development grants

To what extent do disabled people benefit from research and development grants, including for assistive technology to facilitate work? Are applicants and recipients monitored by disability status? What is the experience of disabled people in applying for and using these grants?


What is the scope for ethical and responsible procurement policies to create jobs for disabled people?

Growth sectors

What are the future growth sectors of the economy? What is the relative distribution of disabled employees in these sectors?  What tailored policies would be required to increase disabled people’s employment in these sectors?

Organisational polices

Which workplace policies and practices (for example targeted recruitment, flexible working arrangements, specialist union representation) support successful employment for disabled people?



Evidence is invited from disabled people, their family and carers, their medical and healthcare teams, employers and employees, from local grassroots organisations to national companies, and everyone in between! Please post, tweet, and share the link to this page.

Please note that these themes and questions are just guidelines, and we are interested to hear anything you have to say regarding the disability employment gap.

We aim to provide this document in accessible formats, please request these via email.

Update: We can now provide this document in EasyRead format, please email if you would like a copy.

Guidance on the format of written submissions can be found at  This guidance is identical to that of Select Committee inquiries.

Please submit written responses electronically to
PLEASE NOTE: The deadline for the submission of evidence has now been extended and submissions will be now accepted until the 13th July 2016!

Thank you,

The Inquiry Unit For Disability and Employment Team



2 thoughts on “Call for Evidence

  1. emendesigner says:

    As well as my self employment (since 1980) as a graphic designer I run, virtually single handed. We follow each other on twitter. I do not have any funding for showmetheaccess, and I have a huge amount of caring to do for 2 other people, including my 89 year old father whom I managed to get into a nursing home yesterday. I am too exhausted to go and see him yet. This, and the website is the only evidence I am able to write today. Any more would leave me in despair. I shall email this as well.


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