Only 24% of adults with long-term mental health problems have jobs, the lowest employment rate for any of the main groups of disabled people. This is what Roisin Woolnough discovered researching for an article – Fighting the fear factor – in the February 2007 edition of Labour Research. Her report is based on her reading of a recent government report, Mental Health and Social Exclusion. See a summary of the government’s report at
Recent legal changes have consolidated a decade of improved employment rights for disabled people. This comprehensive guide explains the legislation and how unions are making the most of it, and looks at new developments that could accelerate or impede progress on achieving disability equality in the workplace.
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