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The TUC and the GMB have launched a new disability passport to help disabled people who fall out of work or switch employers each year to get the support they need. 

Video: Dave Jukes from the CWU on how reasonable adjustments passports began and why they are important.

  •  TUC analysis reveals 391,000 (one in 10) disabled people dropped out of work in the UK last year 

  • A further 555,000 (one in seven) started work with a new employer 

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 1in 10 (390,820) disabled people dropping out of work and 1 in 7 (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.   

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A interactive guide for reps

What is a reasonable adjustment passports and how can you use them? Find out more