Minister for Disabled People, Justin Tomlinson MP has hailed the importance of the recently published Health and Disability Green Paper in UK, which he has announced alongside other colleagues within the Department for Work and Pensions.
The DWP’s publishing of the latest Green Paper comes after nearly 18 months of consultations, many of them virtual due to the pandemic, and is aimed at improving the DWP’s services for people with disabilities and health conditions in the UK. The Green Paper sets out how the Government will try to improve delivery of support across different benefits and support individuals into work, as part of the DWP’s strategy to get a million more people with disabilities and health conditions into employment by 2027.
The Health and Disability Green Paper asks for the views of disabled people and people with long-term health conditions how the Government can help people to live more independently, including support to start, stay and succeed in work and ways we can improve the experience people have of the benefits system.
Justin Tomlinson MP said:
“This Green Paper comes at the end of many long and constructive consultations on how we can improve the experiences of people with disabilities and long-term health conditions. WE are always looking for people to get in touch and give constructive feedback and share their experiences so improvements can be made, so I would encourage anyone to do so.
My priority as Minister for Disabled People is to make sure that disabled people and people with health conditions can lead the most independent lives possible and reach their full potential. As this Government’s 2019 manifesto set out, we must empower and support disabled people and be an ally. The benefits system is one important lever we have to achieve this.”