30 November 2017
The government will help to get more disabled people into work in the next decade, the prime minister said today, as a new strategy was launched to break down employment barriers.
The path a person takes in life and in work should not be dictated by their disability or health condition. Everyone deserves the chance to find a job that's right for them.I am committed to tackling the injustices facing disabled people who want to work, so that everyone can go as far as their talents will take them.We recognise the hugely positive impact that working can have on people's health and wellbeing, which is why we are determined to break down the barriers to employment facing disabled people.
While "meaningful activity" is mentioned briefly in the report, there is no recognition that basic functioning, family and community support are all positive activities that can contribute to improvements in an individual's wellbeing.The command statement continues to suggest that paid work is an essential ingredient of life, which reflects the needs of the benefits system and not the individual.There is reference to Work Capability Assessment reform, but this once again stops far short of the end-to-end reform that is needed, focusing instead on looking at the delivery of the assessment rather than the assessment itself.There is no reference to the need to consider the impact and efficacy of sanctions on individuals with mental health conditions