The fact that disabled people are twice as likely as the general public to be unemployed is a disturbing one.

HomeCareDirect and Together is Better welcome the Governments latest plans to help disabled people into work and the proposed reforms for Work Capability Assessments (WCA)

The gap between the employment rates of disabled people and non-disabled people sits at 32% and 4.6 million people with disabilities and/or long-term health conditions are out of work.

We know that many of our readers are supporting people with disability into employment or are victims of unemployment due to disability.

So, completing the survey and having your say is vitally important in shaping change and increasing opportunity. The survey closes on 17 February 2017.

The Green Paper and consultation aims to help more people with disabilities and/or long-term conditions into employment, and includes plans to reform the Work Capability Assessment– or fit for work test.

The Green Paper includes, for example:

  • Creating a Disability Confident Business Leaders Group to work alongside Ministers and officials to increase employer engagement around disabled employment, starting with FTSE 250 companies
  • Developing large-scale trials on how health-led services and support can help get disabled people and those with long-term conditions back into work – with a specific focus on mental health and musculoskeletal conditions
  • Working with Health Education England, Public Health England and others to make the benefits of work an ingrained part of the training and health workforce approach
  • Considering extending fit notes from doctors to other healthcare professionals to help ensure people receive more tailored support.

In addition, a trial voluntary work experience programme for young people with limited capability for work, enabling them to benefit from experience with a mainstream employer to build confidence and skills, enhance their CV and demonstrate their ability to perform a role is proposed.

You can find out more about and download the Green Paper here Work, health and disability: improving lives