The Government published a green paper, ‘Improving Lives’, on work, disability and health in October 2016. The green paper sets out why change is needed by employers, the welfare system, health and care providers, and all of us, to combat the problem of unemployment rates among disabled people. The report considers the relationship between health, work and disability, recognising that health is important for all of us, that it can be a subjective issue and not everyone with a long-term health condition will see themselves as disabled.
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.