Papworth Trust gives cautious welcome to George Osborne’s disability work plans
A press release:
Papworth Trust has today given a cautious welcome to George Osborne’s plans to get more disabled people into work.
After the number of disabled people employment increased by 150,000 to more than 3.25 million over the last year, the government is taking action to increase this further.
In his Budget today, Mr Osborne revealed the government will be publishing a White Paper focusing on the roles that the health, care and welfare sectors can play in supporting disabled people and those with health conditions to get into and stay in work.
David Martin, director at the leading disability charity, said: “The government plans to get 1 million people into work by 2020. We need to see how many of these jobs will go to disabled people and whether the government will implement our proposals to help incentivise disabled people to take that leap in the dark and accept a job.
“We will be examining the contents of the forthcoming White Paper carefully but we hope it will be another step in the right direction.”
The Government also announced that it is accepting the recommendations of an expert-led taskforce on how to provide £330 million of additional funding for disabled claimants.
This will include a new, tailored peer support offer to offered shared experiences and support to disabled people, and bespoke employment support directed at key priority groups, such as young people and those suffering from mental health conditions.
Mr Martin added: “This is good news. We welcome any steps to improve the employment opportunities for the disabled people we support.”