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Zero-hour deals help disabled

THE increasing call for ending zero-hours contracts is too simplistic. They are a form of employment callously misused by some commercial employers, and this certainly needs addressing.

But it is also the way that enables thousands of disabled people to employ their own personal carers. People in this position, especially if the employment is funded by restricted personal budgets, have to manage their care, so that it's available only when needed. Disability can't be scheduled like a factory work rota.

So, if zero-hours contracts are scrapped, a new employment model will be needed to give the flexibility that is essential for disabled people, and convenient for many of the helpers they employ.


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