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Coronavirus: Disabled job hunters ‘should not be forgotten’

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11 July 2020

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image captionDisabled people are more than twice as likely to be unemployed than those without a disability and charity Scope fears that could get worse

Although lockdown restrictions are beginning to ease, its effects, particularly on employment could be felt for years to come.

The number of workers on UK payrolls dropped by more than 600,000 between March and May, meaning more people looking for work, while the number of job vacancies fell by 342,000.

And for people who have disabilities, finding a job can already be tough.

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image captionSherron Chambers worked as a nurse and midwife for 27 years

Sherron Chambers, 52, from Handsworth, Birmingham, worked as a nurse and midwife for 27 years.

After being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) in 2002, she was able to keep working until 2010, before moving into desk-based jobs until 2015, when she said a lack of support made it difficult to continue.

"People would phone up, not reading my CV that says I need a desk-based role, but they were looking at my [...]

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