Justin Tomlinson gets questioned on PIP assessments
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The 12-week online survey will close in one week on October 11, 2021 and can be found at www.getinvolved.dwp.gov.uk/05-policy-group/health-and-disability-green-paper/. The new Minister for Disabled People Chloe Smith has issued a final plea for people to have their say and help create a fairer benefits system for all.
Ms Smith said: “For the Government to make changes that will have a lasting and tangible impact on people’s lives, we need your help.
“Thank you to everyone who has had their say so far but I would urge anyone who hasn’t yet to play your part in creating a benefits system that better meets the needs of disabled people and those with health conditions, both now and in the future.”
The need for reform of the support which disabled people can get may be urgently needed as new data shows the UK’s care system is facing mounting pressures.
The Health and Disability Green Paper consultation includes changes which could enable independent living and test the role of advocacy so people who need extra help to navigate the benefits system get the right level of support and information first time.
This could see those who meet the criteria experiencing a more simplified application process, without the need for an assessment to receive financial support.
Lastly it could improve support for disabled people to help them start, stay and succeed in work through the Work and Health Programme, Access to Work and on personalising employment support, recognising that one size does not fit all.
To make the Green Paper as accessible as practicably possible there are a variety of formats available.
These include physical and braille copies, a BSL video with subtitles, a Welsh language version, a 20pt version, a full audio version available digitally and on CD, as well as an easy read version.
The consultation is running alongside a series of consultation events with disabled people and those with health conditions and their representatives.
This includes virtual and face-to-face events covering England, Scotland and Wales.
Following the consultation, detailed proposals will be brought forward in a White Paper next year, setting out how people can be enabled to take up work and live more independently.
It will also outline the changes the Government wants to make to the benefits system.
The Green Paper consultation opened on July 20 and will close on October 11.
PIP, Universal Credit and other benefits can help people who struggle with physical or mental disabilities, but the system in place does not always help.
The DWP appeared to recognise this and create an open call to disabled people to have their say on shaping the future of the benefits system was issued.
Following this call Neha Thethi, the Head of Employment at Lime Solicitors, spoke with Express.co.uk on what changes need to be introduced.
She said: “People with disabilities commonly experience a range of different barriers when seeking new employment.
“Some of the most common examples include environmental and institutional barriers such as lack of awareness within the workplace; misplaced fear of insurance issues; inadequate provision of workplace adjustments and more importantly attitudinal barriers such as unconscious bias and assumptions about the costs of reasonable adjustments, stigma or the belief that disabled people are less productive, more likely to have time off sick, might be a health and safety hazard and that they won’t stay in the job for long.
“These are just a snapshot, but there are many more. Many candidates still have a lack of confidence in the recruitment process due to the fear of the process being biased or discriminatory. These issues need addressing especially if disabled candidates are ever to enjoy the same recruitment experience as non-disabled people.
“To ensure that equal access is provided, employers must ensure that they do not discriminate against disabled people at any stage of the recruitment process, starting with the job advert.
“For example, using a font that is easy and large enough to read; making sure it doesn’t exclude any section of the community; not setting a criteria which automatically exclude certain groups; providing contact details of someone in the organisation who can provide further information and discussing any reasonable adjustments that may be needed and offering alternative formats for applications.”
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