The UK Government green paper Work, Health and Disability: Improving Lives set out the government’s proposals on ways to halve the disability employment gap experienced by disabled people and people with long-term health conditions. The consultation closed on 17 Feb 2017.
Interested groups, including ME support groups, found a number of problems with the proposals:
Action for ME: Highlighting the need for greater understanding of M.E.
Highlights: need for better training in ME for both employers and Jobcentre Plus staff; value of trained employment advisors; need for clear recognition that some people are not able to work;
Highlights: ME/CFS and the rehabilitation debate; need for work coaches trained in ME; assessments for benefits
Disability Rights UK: DRUK makes 25 recommendations for halving the disability employment gap consultation
Disability news service: Spartacus exposes work and health green paper ‘smokescreen’
Disability news service: Green paper was missed opportunity to dump biopsychosocial model, says DPO
Disability news service: No chance of halving employment gap without tackling independent living, says DPO