Response to the Prime Minister's speech on welfare reform

Responding to the Prime Minister’s speech on "sicknote culture" and welfare reform on 19 April 2024, Stephen Evans, Chief Executive of Learning and Work Institute, said:


19 04 2024


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Many disabled people want to work, but don’t get enough help to do so either from employers or from the Government. Focusing on the sign-off process for sick notes will miss the point without more root and branch reform to widen support. Only one in ten out-of-work disabled people get help to find work each year, but two in ten want to work. We need to tackle the employment support gap, help employers to better support people with health conditions and disabilities and look at how they design jobs and recruit, and improve health and other support for disabled people.


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