What's the issue?
In October the government announced a major consultation. It wants to know what it can do to help disabled people and people with long-term health conditions find and stay in work. The government wants to halve the disability employment gap. It hope the proposals in this green paper will help to achieve this.
Some of the things the ‘Work, health and disability: improving lives’ green paper will look at include:
- ways of supporting more people into work and to stay in work
- changes to benefits assessments
- supporting employers to recruit and retain more people with disabilities and long-term health conditions
- attitude to disability and employment
What we are doing
We want to make sure the views of people with epilepsy are represented in the consultation. We will be working with others to develop a response that highlights specific barriers for people with epilepsy and provide solutions to remove them.
The green paper is a real opportunity to shape future policy in this area. We want to make sure any proposals work for people with epilepsy who may find it difficult to work, find work or stay in work.
How you can be involved
The full government consultation can be found on their website and covers a wide range of employment issues. It is aimed at everyone with a disability or health condition.
We want to make sure that our response specifically highlights the needs of people with epilepsy so it is important that we hear your views and experiences. We are particularly interested in:
• Your experiences in employment
• Your experiences when looking for work
• Your experiences of employers
• Your experiences claiming Employment and Support Allowance
• Your experiences of Fit For Work or Occupational Health Services
• How epilepsy has affected your ability to work or find work
• What barriers you have faced working or looking for work
• What you think the government can do to make it easier for people with epilepsy to find and stay in work
If you are interested in talking to us please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your contact details and or call Anastasia Berry on 0113 210 8847 for more information on how you can be involved.