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Consultation on employment for disabled people

Wednesday 8th February 2017

At our recent Contact a Family Awards ceremony at Speaker's House, one of the things the Minister for Disabled People, Penny Mordaunt MP, spoke about was the government's green paper focused on employment for disabled people.

In 2010, the government pledged to half the disability employment gap, given that in the UK less than half (48 per cent) of disabled people are in employment compared to 80 per cent of the non-disabled population. The Improving Lives green paper sets out the government's policy proposals to support more disabled people into employment in line with their pledge.

It focuses on how to support disabled people to enter employment, improve work-related benefit assessments, and better support employers to employ more disabled people.

The green paper is an opportunity for debate and discussion around government proposals. These are not set in stone, so there is scope to influence what we'd like to see happen going forward.

What does Contact a Family think about the green paper's ideas?

Many of the green paper proposals are welcome, but, like other disability charities, we are concerned about changes to the Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) Support Group, who have been assessed by the Government as being unable to take steps towards work.

This would come on top of the £30 a week cut to Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) coming in this April, which we believe will be deeply damaging to disabled young people's wellbeing and ability to find work. It would also go against recent ministerial assurances that there will be no further cuts to disabled people's benefits.

Taking part in the consultation

This consultation closes at 11.45pm on 17th February 2017.

The consultation document is available on the government's website, and is available in easy read, braille, audio, and BSL

Email: workandhealth@dwp.gsi.gov.uk

Contact a Family will be responding to this consultation, and you can let us know your views by contacting una.summerson@cafamily.org.uk or ringing 020 7608 8742.

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