In 2016 the Scottish Government published its Disability
Delivery Plan, 'A Fairer
Scotland for Disabled People', in which a commitment was made
to reduce the disability gap by at least half.
No One Left Behind: Next steps for
employability support (2018) also outlined actions to
ensure the effective integration of employment support and
services. The No One Left Behind approach is critical in all
workstreams to ensure that those facing barriers to entering the
labour market are suitably supported.
In 2018, the Scottish Government published
A Fairer Scotland for Disabled People: Employment Action Plan,
which set out the key actions Scottish Government will take to
achieve this goal. The plan covers three key themes:
Within the plan we also committed to improving our own
recruitment practices for disabled people, and published the
Scottish Government Recruitment and Retention Plan for disabled
people in August 2019.
Annual Progress Report of A Fairer Scotland for Disabled
People: Employment Action Plan was published in March 2020. The
Action Plan recognises that people may have more than one protected
characteristic, and that this can sometimes compound disadvantage.
As such, this work aligns with plans developed to support wider
equality groups including the
A Fairer Scotland for Women: Gender Pay Gap Action
A Fairer Scotland for all: Race Equality Action Plan and highlight
report 2017-2021. The Scottish Government also recognises that
there is diversity within the disabled community, and as such
further aligns with key strategies such as the
Scottish Strategy for Autism: outcomes and priorities
2018-2021 and the
Keys to Life Implementation Framework and Priorities 2019 -
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