Committee Chair: Councillor Zafar Iqbal
Councillors T Chatfield, I Cruise, J Evans, P Holbrook, M Hussain, Z Iqbal, M Jenkins, P Kane, T Huxtable, E Williams.
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Birmingham is the second largest city in the UK and the economic centre of the West Midlands. The city has a significant role to play in "rebalancing the economy" away from the South-East.
The Birmingham Economy and Jobs Overview & Scrutiny Committee’s job is to look at the work of the City Council and its partners to ensure that all are working towards Birmingham as a thriving, sustainable economy.
Call for Evidence – Disability and Employment
There is a large disparity between employment rates for people with disabilities and people without disabilities. This is true for all core cities and for the UK as a whole. However the employment rate for people with disabilities in Birmingham is the second lowest of all the core cities after Liverpool, and well below the rate for the UK. The employment rate for residents with declared disabilities in the city is 36% compared to 64% for people without disabilities. The comparable figures for the UK are 49% and 77% respectively.
Over the next three weeks we are inviting people and organisations from across the city to send us their views on what Birmingham needs to do to assist people with disabilities into sustainable employment. We have put together a number of questions, or ‘key lines of enquiry’ that we will be discussing at our meeting in February.
1. What support is available for people with disabilities to find and stay in employment or to move into self-employment?
2. How does the City Council currently work with agencies/partners in their role in supporting people with disabilities either into employment or self-employment? What is working well and what needs to change
3. What is the role of the City Council as an employer in supporting people with disabilities and what are its future aspirations in this area of its work? What good practice is there to learn from and where can it be used?
An inquiry is only as good as the evidence it receives. We hope that you will use this chance to have your say to shape future City Council priorities. We would welcome a written statement of your views and experience on any of the above points, along with any other comments or ideas you might have. We will collect all the written submissions and use these as evidence to support our work.
If you would like any further information about this brief scrutiny inquiry or how to submit written evidence, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0121 675 8444.
The deadline for written submissions is Tuesday 4th February 2014.