There are only just a few more days to respond to the Government’s Green Paper which is all about supporting many more disabled people to work https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/564038/work-and-health-green-paper-improving-lives.pdf. My comments have just gone in and the core questions concerning me are:
- Is there sufficient long-term cross-Government political will, financial commitment and official capacity to make all of this a reality?
- Are disabled people themselves sufficiently embedded in the design, delivery, commissioning and governance of all this change?
- Have success and the risks of failure been measured more realistically?
- Has the high level of antipathy and mistrust been sufficiently calibrated?
- Should employment support force the reluctant rather than welcome the willing?
- Will employers’ attitudes be changed?
- Are successful employment support programmes described?
- Does local partnership delivery feature strongly?
- Is self-employment getting enough attention?
- Is the health sector ready, willing and able to contribute?
- Is the evidence, data, information and resources available to all?
- Is this strategy going in the right direction?
To every question, the answer is a resounding “No, not yet!” While the minds that put all of this together are willing, the body of proposals and solutions are not.
You can see my thinking about each of these questions here https://www.dropbox.com/sh/w7baeb6nn2kp7we/AADd6yKb0PBfPskOivQQU1-ma?dl=0 You might agree or not but tell the Government what you think of their proposals – deadline is 17 February 2017 to email@example.com
Penny Melville-Brown OBE
Disability Dynamics ltd www.disabilitydynamics.co.uk
Helping disabled people to work since 2000