The Office for Disability Issues is leaving the Department for Work and Pensions and will join with the Race Disparities Unit.
From November 1, the two will form part of the new Equalities Hub in the Cabinet Office.
It is hoped that the new cross-departmental disability team will bring the voices of disabled people into the heart of government.
By working closely with disabled people, disabled people’s organisations and charities to develop a new approach to disability, the government says their views and experiences will be at the forefront of any new policy.
The new Disability Unit will continue to support the Office of the Minister for Disabled People, Work and Health, Justin Tomlinson MP, which will remain part of DWP.
The move into the Cabinet Office will enable vital, co-ordinated, cross-government action to tackle barriers faced by disabled people across the course of their lives and will enable the profile of disability issues to be raised.
Maintaining and building invaluable relationships with disabled people and their organisations, colleagues, stakeholders and partners, to improve the lives of all citizens will be a focus for the Disability Unit.