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Unum campaigning to improve employment prospects for disabled

Protection specialist Unum has embarked on a national campaign to improve workplace opportunities for disabled people.

The action plan includes urging the industry, Government and voluntary sector to set challenging standards to improve employment prospects for the disabled over the next decade.

Unum is specifically calling for the 17 per cent of newly disabled people who lose their employment during the first year to be reduced by at least 1 per cent a year.

It also wants the figure of 33 per cent of out-of-work disabled people who find employment but then fall out of the workforce again within a year to be reduced by 1 per cent a year. Unum has pledged £163.500,000 to assist the process over the next three years.

Unum chairman Lawrence Churchill says: “The time has come for a hitherto unheard of alliance of business, Government and the voluntary sector to work more closely together to benefit those for whom work can transform their lives.

“Our aim is to define and shape the measures necessary to achieve a significant and sustainable improvement in this situation.”

The protection specialist has also announced the appointment of former regulator Joanne Hindle as director of legal and external affairs. During her career, Hindle has worked at the British Insurance Brokers Association, Ifap and NatWest. She joined the PIA in 1997 to help deal with the pension review.

At Unum she will be responsible for dealing with the Government and industry as well as internal legal responsibilities such as auditing and compliance.

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