Commission comments on proposed changes to Work Capability Assessments for disabled people

Published: 31 Oct 2016

Commission Chief Executive Rebecca Hilsenrath said:

"Employment is crucial for disabled people to live independently. Government strategy must be intelligent, informed and not 'one-size-fits-all'. We must recognise that a supportive welfare system is essential for those who are unable to work at all.

"In order for greater numbers of disabled people to enter the work place, there needs to be a comprehensive approach which includes targeted support in the job market, such as ensuring that apprenticeship schemes use positive action, with monitoring of outcomes for the disabled. Those with a disability deserve the same opportunities and the same chances as everyone else. We need to see employers playing their part and not ruling out the potential of a valuable sector of the work force.

"We will be responding to the government’s proposals when we see the detail."

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