We’re committed to halving the employment gap between disabled people and the rest of the working age population.
We will expand the specific duties that require a listed public authority to publish gender pay gap information to disability and ethnicity reporting and ensure these areas are included within their Equal Pay Statement.
With the full powers of independence, we can do much more to protect workers’ rights and end discrimination. Until then, we will continue to call for the devolution of employment law to the Scottish Parliament.
As part of supporting disabled people into work and closing the employment gap we will increase specific support for disabled parents into work. We will nearly double the planned investment in the Parental Employability Support Fund to £15 million in the next two years to help improve employment chances and support parents into good, secure jobs.
We will complete the expansion of free, high quality childcare to 1,140 hours by August 2021, and in the next Parliament, expand this to all 1 and 2 year olds, starting with children from low income households.
Over the next parliament, we will build a wraparound childcare system, providing care before and after school, all year round, where the least well-off families will pay nothing.