What is the Strategy?
The National Disability Strategy is the Government’s commitment to transform the lives of disabled people by levelling up opportunity so everyone can achieve their potential and participate fully.
Why is it important?
Disabled people experience higher levels of deprivation – including in relation to health, income, extra disability-related expenditure, and employment – than other ‘groups’ in society. These issues have been exacerbated by COVID-19.
How have we sought to influence the strategy?
Business Disability Forum has sought to influence the develop of the Strategy in two ways. Firstly, as a membership organisation, representing the views of our membership and the disabled people they employ and do business with. Secondly, as a member of the Disability Charities Consortium (DCC).
The DCC brings together CEOs and policy leads from the some of the UK’s leading not-for-profit disability organisations to work with Government to ensure disabled people’s experiences are reflected in UK policy making.
In January 2021, the DCC published a manifesto, detailing what we hoped to see in the strategy.
What is our response to the strategy?
Business Disability has welcomed the publication of the strategy but believes more needs to be done to turn this into a strategy which truly transforms the life chances for disabled people. We believe that disabled people and businesses must be fully involved in the development of the strategy, and the strategy must be properly funded.
You can read more about our response to individual commitments within the strategy in our press release and briefing (coming soon).
What happens next?
The strategy has put disability on the political agenda but it is what happens next that is important. Disabled people have raised concerns about the consultation process, which need to be addressed going forwards. For our part, Business Disability Forum will continue to work with the Government and our Members to push the strategy forwards and to ensure it delivers lasting change in the lives of disabled people. Please revisit this page to find out about our latest work around the strategy.