Closing date: Sunday 5 February 2017

The UK Government is looking for people to respond to their consultation called Making Lives Better: The Work, Health and Disability Green Paper. The UK Government want to help disabled people into work and support for people with health conditions; help employers get new employees and healthy workplaces and high quality health and care for everyone.

The UK Government know that only 48 out of every 100 disabled people are in paid work. But 80 out of every 100 non-disabled people are in paid work. The gap between these 2 figures is too big. The UK Government want to halve this. There are 4.6 million disabled people and people with long-term health conditions who are not working. The UK Government think this is wrong and things need to change.

The UK Government know that many people with long-term health conditions do not see themselves as disabled.

The UK Government know that health is important for everyone.

The UK Government want to help everyone to have better health, be independent and to feel happy. They believe this is more likely to happen when people have a job.

The UK Government say that the longer a person does not have a job, the more likely it is that their health and wellbeing will suffer. Having the right type of job is good for a person’s mental and physical health.

Having a job can also make people feel better about themselves and develop their social skills. Many disabled people and people with health conditions already have a job. Many more people want to work and feel better because they are working.

The UK Government are running this consultation because they want to:

  • make the welfare system better so they can get more disabled people and people with mental health conditions into work
  • make sure that people get financial support in a simple way that is easy to understand
  • find ways to make the health and welfare system’s assessment process better

Some parts of the consultation focus on matters which are devolved in Scotland. Therefore, SDEF have only asked questions relevant to our members in Scotland. The questions in this consultation looks at people’s attitudes towards disabled people and employers supporting disabled people whilst in the workplace. SDEF have not asked any questions regarding benefit payments to disabled people or questions regarding local Health Boards. This is because it is the Scottish Government who are responsible for these issues in Scotland, not the UK Government.

How to tell us what you think

To respond to this survey, you can do the following:

  • Answer the questions in the questions document below (available in alternative formats)
  • Answer the questions in the online survey link below

You can email your feedback to maureen.bennison@sdef.org.uk or post to:

Maureen Bennison
SDEF Administrator
Scottish Disability Equality Forum
Office 2/4, The e-Centre, Cooperage Way
Alloa, FK10 3LP

Online Survey

https://consultations.dh.gov.uk/workandhealth/consult/

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