Response to government announcement to devolve powers to London and Greater Manchester to deliver employment support

30 January 2017

Neil Heslop, chief executive of Leonard Cheshire Disability, responding to the announcement by the government to devolve powers to London and Greater Manchester to deliver employment support, said:

'Today we invited the Mayor of London and the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions to meet with disabled people to hear their personal experiences of working and living with a disability. Their stories provided a powerful reminder of the vital role that work can play in positively transforming the lives of disabled people.  

'This is why we welcome today’s commitment from the government to devolve powers to deliver the new work and health programme to London, and the much needed £72 million investment that will accompany this. We hope this will ensure  disabled people can more easily access the support they need to get into work.

'We hope that designing, commissioning and delivering support at a local level will help ensure more disabled people are able to access the right support, at the right time to get the jobs they want.'

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