The Government published a green paper, ‘Improving Lives’, on work, disability and health in October 2016. The Government also launched an open consultation seeking views on what it will take to transform employment prospects for disabled people and people with long-term health conditions. The consultation is open until 17 February 2017.
The national Disability Confident campaign aims to encourage employers to become more confident about employing disabled people.
The European Parliament formally reacted to the UN’s recommendations from the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and made a report in July 2016.
In May 2016, negotiators of the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission agreed on the first EU-wide rules to make the websites and mobile apps of public sector bodies more accessible.
In February 2016, the independent Mental Health Taskforce produced ‘The Five Year Forward View for Mental Health’.
On 18 December 2014, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) issued a preliminary ruling in a case of alleged discrimination on grounds of obesity, referred to it by a Danish court.
On 24 November 2014, the Deputy Prime Minister announced that he will establish and chair a new Mental Health Taskforce.
The vision of the Accessible Britain Challenge is for communities to become more inclusive and accessible by engaging and working with disabled people to remove barriers that get in the way of them being full and active contributors in their community.
In September 2014 the Government published updates on its disability strategy and documents showing the progress that has been made.
On 26 February 2014, the EHRC announced that the Disability Committee will end as a formal statutory committee in 2017.