At this time of year GMWRAG pontificates on the year passing and hopes for better to come. So, here we are again. We’re not sure attempting to summarise this year in terms of welfare rights is the best approach. David Bowie died; Donald Trump became POTUS in waiting: Britain voted to leave Europe and Iain Duncan Smith ended the year thinking he’s on the same side as us. GMWRAG is not sure there is anything we can add to that so we’d like to take this opportunity to wish you all the best Christmas you can have and a peaceful 2017. The word “prosperous” doesn’t seem appropriate.
We’ll see you on the other side. Try and pretend it’s just a dream…
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.