News disabled workers earn £1.50 less an hour on average has pushed the disability pay gap to its highest level since 2013 at 13.6 percent. This is an all new low to those of us who have campaigned for decades to challenge negative stereotypes on employing people with disabilities.
The average disabled employee working a 35 hour week earned £2,730 less than a non-disabled worker doing the same job. While many people with disabilities are in part-time work, the numbers are a scandal and women with disabilities fare worse still. Some have called for employers to be required to publish the disability pay gap. If all the data were published, it would start to address issues of work and pay across the board. We have started to shine a light on the gender pay gap problem, we just need to widen the beam to highlight where equally appalling injustice still lurks.
It is in all our interests to see that everyone, regardless of age, gender, race or disability like those of us with Post Polio Syndrome, receive a fair day’s pay. Fifty years ago, we ran a training centre and paid people who had Polio the same as the able bodied. A ground breaking idea then; but it is truly sobering to feel the need to raise these issue again in 2018. Anyone who needs our help can visit www.britishpolio.org.uk or call 0800 043 1935.
National Chairman, The British Polio Fellowship