Our response to publication of the Work and Health green paper

31 October 2016

Leonard Cheshire Disability chief executive Neil Heslop said:

‘We welcome the publication of the green paper today and will be engaging closely with disabled people to seek their views on its proposals over the coming weeks and months. 

‘Thousands of people who are disabled or have long-term health conditions want to work, and need support to do so. For too many this support is currently not right, or not available at all.

‘In recognising this and opening this conversation today the government has taken an important first step towards reducing the disability employment gap.

‘However, there is much more substantive work to do to make this aspiration a reality, and it is vital that appropriate funding is made available. 

‘In addition, for people not well enough to work, the work capability assessment (WCA) must be fair and consistent and designed to get it right first time.

‘Too many people have been let down by failings with the WCA and we welcome moves to reform the current system.’

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