DWP have proposed new plans to help more people with long term conditions reap the benefits of work and improve their health. The plans are set out in the governments Work, Health and Disability Green Paper. It outlines how disability or a health condition should not dictate the path a person is able to take in line – or in the workplace. What should count is a person’s talents and their determination and aspiration to succeed.
The government is seeking views on what it will take to transform employment prospects for disabled people and people with long-term health conditions.
This consultation seeks views on how we can halve the disability employment gap. Despite the current record-breaking labour market, 4.6 million disabled people and people with long-term health conditions are out of work. Less than half (48%) of disabled people are in employment, compared to 80% of the non-disabled population.
Topics in this consultation include the role of employers and work coaches, improvements to the welfare system, investing in innovative services, occupational health support and changing the culture around work and health.
The Department for Work and Pensions and the Department of Health are keen to hear views from all interested parties, including employers, disabled people and disability organisations.
The consultation runs until 17th February 2017.
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