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.
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
the practicalities of the LIMA software. For those of you who don’t know, this is the assessment software used for ESA.