By Kris Jepson
A leading charity, based in the North East, has told ITV News Tyne Tees that the government's disability plan to help a million more people into work within 10 years, is "not good enough".
On Thursday, Theresa May announced the new initiative, claiming it will help disabled workers stay in work and progress their careers. She said a person's life and career "should not be dictated by their disability or health condition".
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During a conference in Newcastle on Friday, hosted by The Percy Hedley Foundation and aimed at changing attitudes towards disabled people in the workplace, the chief executive of the charity said the government's plan was not ambitious enough.
She was responding to comments made at the conference by the government Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work, Sarah Newton MP, who said the initiative is "ambitious".
According to figures published by the Office for National Statistics in June, disabled people were twice as likely to be unemployed as non-disabled people.
Around 80 per cent of non-disabled people are in work, compared with just under 50 per cent of disabled people.
Paralympian and cross-bench peer in the House of Lords, Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, told ITV News, the plan will be difficult to deliver.