Issue date
27 Feb 2019
New TUC and GMB passports will help 54,000 disabled people in Wales get the support they need at work
  • New TUC analysis reveals nearly one million disabled people across the UK changed their jobs or fell out of work last year
  • 54,290 were in Wales
  • The TUC and the GMB are launching a model passport to make sure disabled people have the adjustments they need to flourish at work 

The TUC and the GMB have launched a new disability passport to help nearly one million (946,010) disabled people who fall out of work or switch employers each year to get the support they need.

Disabled people can leave their jobs for many reasons. One preventable reason is when employers fail to carry out their legal duty to make – and keep in place – the reasonable adjustments their disabled staff need to do their jobs.

With one in 10 (390,808) disabled people dropping out of work and one in seven (555,190) finding new employment every year, the TUC and the GMB believe it is vital to find a more successful and unified way of agreeing and recording what modifications need to be put in place.

So the TUC and the GMB have produced a model reasonable adjustments employer agreement, for reps to agree with their employer, and a template reasonable adjustments passport, to capture what adjustments have been put in place to eliminate barriers in the workplace. 

These adjustments could include: providing specially adapted equipment (like a chair, desk or computer), temporarily changing the duties of the job, changing break times or working patterns, or allowing flexible working or time off for medical appointments.

When the adjustments are agreed, the passport is signed by everyone. The document can be reviewed at regular intervals and means disabled people don’t have to explain their requirements every time their line manager changes, or they change roles within their organisation. 

Wales TUC Policy Officer Rhianydd Williams said: “Disabled people face many barriers when it comes to finding good, rewarding jobs. Employers must do more to make the reasonable adjustments they need.

“Disabled workers live with the constant threat of losing their reasonable adjustments every time their boss or job changes.

“The TUC and the GMB’s passport is an ideal place to officially and clearly record what adjustments have been agreed, so disabled workers aren’t going back to the starting line every time they get a new manager or role.”

ENDS

Editors note

Number of disabled people changing employers or dropping out of work last year

Disabled employees who have been with current employer less than a year

Disabled people not in work who left their last job within the last year

Total disabled people changing jobs or leaving work in last year

North East

20,950

19,220

40,160

North West

68,080

47,860

115,940

Yorkshire and the Humber

54,220

31,240

85,450

East Midlands

41,880

34,370

76,250

West Midlands

45,530

29,880

75,410

East of England

48,180

40,850

89,030

London

58,920

36,690

95,610

South East

77,720

46,060

123,780

South West

58,710

35,930

94,640

Wales

28,960

25,330

54,290

Scotland

42,520

36,290

78,800

Northern Ireland

9,520

7,110

16,620

Total

555,160

390,810

945,970

Figures: 4-quarter average for the latest quarters (Q4 2017-Q3 2018) from the ONS Labour Force Survey.

- There are 3.9 million disabled people in work.
- When a workplace feature or practice puts a worker or job applicant with a disability at a disadvantage, the employer has a duty under the Equality Act 2010 to see what reasonable adjustments can be made. An employer who fails to meet their legal duty under the Equality Act 2010 to make reasonable adjustments is in breach of the law and could be taken to an Employment Tribunal. For more information visit www.acas.org.uk/index.aspx?articleid=607

- To see the full report click here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1UmlouEHdrhtTk_3DntlV07wh32p6Uh_U/view

- To see a model workplace policy click here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1UjSinN8gaq3U09Xv9toG77TKh_cHL2il/view

- To see a model passport click here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1mvrh1Uv3Zi1kVWlXvcrQAIsPQIvsnUb7/view

- Wales TUC is the voice of Wales at work. With 49 member unions, Wales TUC represents just over 400,000 workers. We campaign for a fair deal at work and for social justice at home and abroad.

Contacts:

TUC press office
media@tuc.org.uk
020 7467 1248

Wales TUC Cymru

wtuc@tuc.org.uk

029 2034 7010