Government should do more to encourage disabled entrepreneurship

The government should do more to encourage entrepreneurship and self-employment as an alternative career move for disabled people say industry experts.

Disability consultants Minty & Friend said that disabled people need encouragement to give things a go when it comes to working.

Phil Friend, director of Minty & Friend, says: ‘ At the moment, Jobcentre Plus, which is the main agency for helping people find work – particularly disabled people – don’t really talk about self-employment as an option.’

He adds that ‘most disabled people become disabled during their working life and later’, something that can have a considerable impact upon a person’s well-being.

For people to get over this, he stated, they need support to see that it is possible to emerge and ‘do something really constructive’.

According to easyJet and Leonard Cheshire there are approximately seven million people of working age in the UK with a long-term disability, and around 50 per cent of them are out of work.

Alan Dobie

Alan Dobie

Alan was assistant editor at Vitesse Media Plc (previous owner of before moving on to a content producer role at Reed Business Information. He has over 17 years of experience in the...