Policy paper

The disability and health employment strategy: the discussion so far

This publication was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

The government's proposals for improving employment support for disabled people and those with health conditions.

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The disability and health employment strategy – the discussion so far

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Detail

The government provides financial support to disabled people and those with health conditions who are unable to work. Many are able to work, but are prevented from doing so because of:

  • false understanding of what individuals are capable of
  • employment support that does not meet people’s needs
  • an inflexible benefits system

The government is already working hard to tackle these issues, but is determined to do even more to help disabled people and those with health conditions to get into, stay in and progress in work.

This paper sets out a range of proposals to further improve employment support.

We published an update on our progress on improving employment support for disabled people and those with health conditions on 8 December 2014.

Alternative formats

The content of this paper is available in a number of alternative formats, including Easy Read, Braille, audio, British Sign Language key points DVD and RTF.

If you would like a British Sign Language key points DVD, an Easy Read version, a copy of the paper in Braille, on audio CD, or audio cassette, please contact:

dhes.comment@dwp.gsi.gov.uk

Disability and Health Employment Strategy Team
Department for Work and Pensions
Ground Floor
Caxton House
6-12 Tothill Street
London
SW1H 9NA

The content of the paper is also available as a series of MP3 audio downloads, a Welsh summary and British Sign Language summary.

British Sign Language summary

British Sign Language Summary.

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Contents

Foreword by the Minister of State for Employment

Foreword by the Minister of State for Disabled People

Executive summary

Chapter 1 Health and disability in the United Kingdom

Chapter 2 The role of employers

Chapter 3 Enabling young people to make the transition to work

Chapter 4 The gateway to employment services

Chapter 5 The specialist offer

Chapter 6 The mainstream offer

Chapter 7 Mental health and employment

Chapter 8 Conclusion

Annex A What works in supporting disabled people and people with health conditions back into work?

Annex B Current benefits and employment support

Annex C Scotland and Wales

Annex D List of contributing stakeholders

Annex E Abbreviations

Annex F Glossary