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Share how M.E. has affected your employment

December 14, 2016

“I was very lucky that the occupational health staff in my place of work were very helpful and understanding, as was my line manager. I wasn’t put under any pressure to return to work and in fact my manager thought it might be better for me to take some more time off to ensure I was absolutely ready to come back.”

It would be brilliant if Sarah’s experience, shared in our M.E. and work booklet, was familiar to everyone with M.E. But we know that this is not the case.

That’s why we are asking you to share your experience of employment and welfare benefits by completing a short survey. We will use what you tell us to inform our response to an important government consultation.

Published by the Department for Work and Pensions and the Department of Health, the Improving Lives: Work, Health and Disability Green Paper is a preliminary report of proposals that Government wants your views on.

The Green Paper outlines draft plans to improve employment for people with disabilities or long term health conditions, including M.E. It considers how to support employees, employers and health professionals to get the best outcomes for people whose health impacts on their ability to work.

In order to respond to this consultation, we want to gather the views of people with M.E. on a range of topics. These include:

  • specialist employment support
  • benefit assessments
  • occupational health provision
  • attitudes to disability and employment

The deadline for completing this survey is Monday 16 January 2017. It is not necessary to answer all of the questions on the survey; we appreciate any and all information you can offer. Thank you. If you would like a paper copy, please get in touch.