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Help shape DWP policy at London disability event

January 12, 2017

Would you like the chance to share your experience of employment and benefits to inform future policies of the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP)?

The Disability Benefits Consortium (DBC) have an upcoming forum event in London on Friday 3 February for anyone who has a disability to share their experiences of employment and employment-related benefits.

The DBC is a national coalition of over 70 charities, including Action for M.E., which works to influence Government policy and towards a benefits system that meets the needs of disabled people.

The event is being held to get feedback from disabled people and people with long term conditions on the Work, Health and Disability Green Paper.

The green paper outlines Government proposals to improve employment outcomes for people with disabilities or long term health conditions. Topics include how to:

  • best provide support to enter and retain employment
  • provide financial support in a straightforward and timely way when people fall out of employment
  • support employers in recruiting disabled people and creating healthy workplaces
  • promote health and prevent ill health

The DWP will be facilitating the event, which will include breakout discussion in smaller groups. The discussion on the day will be taken into account as the DWP consider what proposals to take forward from the green paper.

Anyone who is interested in attending would have a unique opportunity to input into the feedback the DWP gains at the event, by sharing how M.E. can impact on employment and what kind of support people with M.E. need to secure work, to retain work, and to leave work well when it is necessary.

The event will take place on Friday 3 February from 2pm in central London. If you are interested in attending, please get in touch by email or contact our Policy Officer Katie McMahon on 0117 937 6623.