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Money Box Live: Disability and self-employment

Record numbers of people are self-employed. Analysis shows a greater proportion of the disabled workforce are in self employment than the non-disabled workforce. A good option?

There are a record 5m self-employed workers in the UK.They account for the 45 per cent of the growth in total employment since 2008. Analysis of the figures show that 16% of working disabled people identify as being their own boss, compared with 13% of the nondisabled population.

As part of a dedicated week of BBC News coverage exploring the experiences of disabled people in the workforce, Lee Kumutat and guests discuss why this difference exists and the affect it may have on government employment policy.

Are you one of the three-quarters of a million self-employed with a disability and would like to share your experience with us? Email: or tweet: @moneybox. Or call 03700 100 444 between 1pm and 3.30pm on Wednesday 22 February. Standard geographic charges from landlines and mobiles will apply.

As well as disabled entrepreneurs, we'll also be hearing from an expert panel of academics and researchers about the state of labour market and where self-employment leaves the so called 'Disability Employment Gap', as well as finding out about help available for budding disabled entrepreneurs.

Guests include; Conor D'arcy - Resolution Foundation, Prof Melanie Jones - Cardiff Business School, Kath Sutherland - START Ability Services, Steve McCulley - entrepreneur, Lios Bikes and James Brown - entrepreneur, Mobilioo.

Presenter: Lee Kumutat
Producer: Alex Lewis
Editor: Andrew Smith.

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30 minutes

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Wed 22 Feb 2017 15:00


Related Links

Factsheets and information on self-employment for disabled people 

Association for Disabled Professionals

Disability Rights UK

Access to work (employees) 

Access to work (employers)


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