Consultation: Work, health and disability

The UK government wants to help everyone to be able to enjoy the independence, security and good health that being in work can bring.

The government recognises that the right type of work is good for an individual’s physical and mental health. Work can bring other benefits – introduce a sense of purpose, raise self-esteem, and allow people to build relationships.

Many disabled people and people with long-term health conditions already work and many more want access to the benefits that work can bring. The government wants to understand how to improve the system to make this possible.

The government is committed to financially supporting those with the most severe or life-limiting disabilities and conditions who are unable to work.

The consultation deadline is 17th February 2017.

Why the government is consulting

We need to understand why disabled people and people with health conditions might be unable to get a job or keep one, and to recognise the wide range of conditions and circumstances they face.

Read full details of the consultation on the government website: https://consultations.dh.gov.uk/workandhealth/consult/

Different people will need or want to answer the questions in different ways. The government has made ways for them to do this:

  • Face-to-face talks that are run by charities and employers to talk about the ideas we’ve described
  • You can give your answers online
  • You can send an email to workandhealth@dwp.gsi.gov.uk.
  • You can send a letter to this address: The Work, Health and Disability Consultation, Ground Floor, Caxton House, 6-12 Tothill Street, London, SW1H 9NA.