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Give unemployed disabled claimants tailored employment support

Last updated: 01:45pm 22 March 2019

We will legislate to give unemployed disabled claimants or those with a health condition personalised and tailored employment support.

Conservative Party Manifesto 2017, p.57

Our verdict

According to the Office for National Statistics, around 3.7 million disabled people are in work, an employment rate of 49.2%. Compared to the overall employment rate of 75.6% for the general population, this is a stark difference and explains the government’s desire to help more disabled people into work.

Under the previous government, a Green Paper (consultation) was released in 2016 exploring these issues. The Green Paper flagged steps that the then government was taking, such as increasing the number of employment advisors embedded in psychological therapies services, as well as introducing a new Personal Support Package for people who are disabled or have health conditions.

The current government has kept up this momentum, publishing a White Paper in November 2017 – Improving lives: the future of work, health and disability. It announced plans such as reforming the Statutory Sick Pay system to encourage more flexible working and developing toolkits to improve the health of employees in small businesses. The White Paper is the “start of a ten-year programme of reform”.

So with the release of the White Paper we can see that some work has been done, so we’re marking it as ‘in progress’. It could be a while before we see legislation in place (legislation is what was actually promised in the manifesto), and which specifically helps unemployed disabled claimants, but we’ll update you as soon as something changes. Follow this policy to get email alerts.

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