Many people in Eastbourne who are disabled or have a long term health condition are struggling to get a job or stay in work, says Citizens Advice Eastbourne
The local charity is highlighting that only 55 per cent of people in the South East who are disabled or have health condition, such as arthritis or depression, are in work. This is above the national average of 49 per cent.
New research from national Citizens Advice reveals disabled people or those with a health condition are more than twice as likely to fall out of work in any given year compared with people who are not disabled or do not have health problems.
They are also three times less likely to move into employment and of the 3.5 million people who are disabled or have a health condition who are out of work, 1.4 million want a job.
Citizens Advice is calling for improved support for disabled people and those with long term health conditions to stay in work or get a job.
As the population ages and more people stay in work longer Citizens Advice says it is more important than ever that employers and government do more to address the challenges they face. One in four people aged 50-64 are disabled or have a health condition and 500,000 people in this group don’t have a job but want to work.
Alan Bruzon, manager at Citizens Advice Eastbourne said, “People who are disabled or have a long term health condition such as arthritis or depression face a range of obstacles as they try to get and keep a job.
“Employers can make a real difference, by being flexible about medical appointments or offering adaptable working hours. It is also crucial that people can get the help they need from the welfare system when they need it, such as through Personal Independence Payments.
“Employers and government need to work together to offer a range of support to people who are disabled or have a health condition and want to work. This is particularly important as we now have an ageing population, with more and more people working longer in life.
“If you are disabled or have a health condition and are struggling to get a job or stay in work get in touch with Citizens Advice Eastbourne for help.”
Contact us on 03444 111 444 or by visiting www.eastsussexcab.co.uk
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