North Swindon MP, Justin Tomlinson speaking as the Minister for Disabled People is welcoming the response of the Department for Work and Pensions response to the Government’s ‘Health is Everyone’s Business’ initiative, as a means of address the disability employment gap.
Health is Everyone’s Business is a stakeholder led consultation, which seeks views on different ways in which government and employers can take action to reduce ill health-related job losses. Disabled people and people with long-term health conditions are disproportionately at risk of falling out of employment for this reason, and a big driver behind the Government’s action to tackle this.
The proposals set out by the Government aim to support and encourage early action by employers for their employees with long-term health conditions, and improve access to quality, cost-effective occupational health. For people with disabilities, this means greater protection in employment and will carry forward as part of the DWP’s target to get a million more disabled people in work by 2027.
Justin Tomlinson MP said:
“I am really pleased to be welcoming this campaign, as well as formulating much of the DWP’s strategy on Health is Everyone’s Business. Recently, I have met with many individuals who are personally affected by the unfairness of falling out of employment through no fault of their own, and I am confident this will go a long way to help those people.”