‘Improving Lives – the Work, Health and Disability’ Green Paper has been published by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and the Department of Health (DH). Chapter 4 “Supporting employers to recruit with confidence and create healthy workplaces” contains the questions being asked of employers to help government have a better understanding of the issues. West London SME employers particularly are invited to give your feedback either through the online survey or in person at the event at Marylebone JCP on 2nd Feb 2017.
This publication reflects the Government’s new and ambitious approach to work, health and disability. The goal is to remove the long-standing barriers that prevent individuals with disabilities and long term health conditions from getting into, remaining in, or returning to work. The Government wants to join up systems and change attitudes within the welfare system, across the health service, but also with employers who can benefit from access to a wider pool of talent and skills, improved employee engagement and productivity gains, and reduced sickness absence costs. https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/work-health-and-disability-improving-lives
DWP and DH recognise that small and medium businesses face particular challenges in achieving this goal, and particularly want to learn how best to support, encourage and incentivise small and medium size employers to adopt good practices that support disabled people and people with long-term health conditions to stay in or get back into work.
West London SMEs are therefore invited to attend a short workshop with other local SMEs to discuss how these issues impact your business, and what Government needs to do to support you to transform the employment prospects for people with disabilities and long term health conditions.
The workshop will be held at The Employer Suite, Ground Floor, St Marylebone JCP, 26 – 46 Lisson Grove, London NW1 6TZ on Thursday 2nd February from 10.00 to 12.00
Please email Sandie Tracey-Birchmore (Sandie.Tracey-Birchmore@bitcconnect.org) if you are able to attend.
Should you not be able to attend, your views are still very important, and you can express them through the online survey hosted on Citizen Space which provides a simple and easily accessible way to respond. It can be found at: https://consultations.dh.gov.uk/workandhealth/consult/ where you can select the section relevant to you as an employer to input your views and ideas.