Disability charity, United Response, has outlined 12 key recommendations in response to ‘Improving Lives: The Work, Health and Disability Green Paper’, following an extensive consultation with staff and people supported by the charity.

The Green Paper asks: “What will it take to transform the employment prospects of disabled people and people with long-term health conditions?”

By the Government’s own statistics, the reality is that:

  • 5.8% of people with a learning disability are in employment
  • 49.6% of disabled people are in employment
  • 80.4% of non-disabled people are in employment

To meet the Government’s aim of halving the disability employment gap, the specific needs that people with learning disabilities experience when seeking employment must be met.

In response to the proposals put forward in the Green Paper, United Response calls on the Government to:

  1. Ensure that the Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS) is properly funded and workable.

  2. Provide JCP staff with specialist disability training.

  3. Review and improve Specialist Employability Support (SES).

  4. Introduce a new Community Work and Health Coordinator role to link up JCP services with health, education, local authority teams, and local providers.

  5. Review the mechanism for creating mandatory Education Care and Health Plans (ECHPs).

  6. Introduce a ‘document of ability’ as a follow on from ECHPs, when the young person leaves education and is ready to enter work.

  7. Offer people with learning disabilities in the ESA Support Group access to employment support instead of regarding them as incapable of work.

  8. Ensure that assessment for financial support and discussions over employment and health support are held separately.

  9. Overhaul Access to Work, making it more accessible and far-reaching.

  10. Strengthen the Disability Confident offer by introducing a charter of reasonable adjustments which all employers sign up to and actively offer as part of a kite mark system.

  11. Regularly report back on progress made towards closing the disability gap.

  12. Engage the media in a positive campaign to show the skills that people with disabilities have and the contribution they can and are making to the place of work.

To read United Response’s recommendations in full, go to: https://www.unitedresponse.org.uk/briefings-consultation-responses


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