Work and Pensions Committee launches inquiry into halving the disability employment gap.

The Work and Pensions Committee has launched an inquiry into halving the disability employment gap – the difference in employment rates between disabled and non-disabled people.

The inquiry invites submissions addressing the following:

  • steps required to halve the disability employment gap – are the current measures likely to achieve the government’s target and are interim targets required;
  • support for employers – how effective is the Disability Confident campaign and what more could be done;
  • effective employment support for disabled people – what should support in the proposed Work and Health programme look like and how should providers be incentivised; and
  • likely effects of proposed ESA reform – what are the likely impacts of the abolition of the work-related activity component, what evidence is there that it will promote positive behavioural change and what could be the unintended consequences.

More details can be found at and the page for making submissions can be found at

A number of organisations have already made observations on this very issue. For example,

Disability Rights UK.


The Centre For Social Justice

Even the newly discovered compassion of IDS has weighed in recently.

The final date for submissions is Monday the 9th of May 2016.

Speaker for the next GMWRAG meeting.

Following on from the announcement that GMWRAG will be returning to Bolton for the first time in 8 years we are pleased to announce that we have our 1st speaker. The full agenda will be sent out in due course, and there may yet be a 2nd speaker, but we wanted to give GMWRAG members as much advanced notice as possible as this is a new venue for the meeting.

At 10am we are pleased to announce we will be having a presentation from Mario Dunn, who is Director of Communications at the Centre for Health and Disability Assessments, which is of course run by Maximus. Mario will be with us for an hour and as well as the presentation there will be time within that for questions. It’s hard to imagine GMWRAG members won’t have questions! However, we have asked for there to be a focus on

You’ve got to admit it makes a change from pictures of council buildings and city centres! 🙂

Thanks are due especially to Martin Forsythe,  Public Affairs and Stakeholder Relations Manager at CHDA and our friends at Stockport Advice for making this happen.

We look forward to seeing you all there.