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Speaker: Richard Kramer, Deputy Chief Executive, Sense
In 2010, the then Government pledged the laudable aim to halve the disability employment gap. With the current employment gap remaining at a stubborn 32 percentage points between disabled and non-disabled people, this is clearly an area that needs due attention and an innovative approach to change the status quo. This Green Paper starts a debate on how to transform the employment prospects of disabled people and those with long-term health conditions.
Though the focus of the paper is broadly promising by including measures to improve the role of employers and a consideration of how there can be better integration of localised support services between Jobcentre Plus, disabled people and the voluntary sector, the overall approach fails to holistically examine the gaps in available support for all disabled people who wish to work. Thus there are tensions between measures to provide employment support and guidance for disabled people and cuts to benefits such as the Employment Support Allowance for those placed in the Work Related Activity Group.
This seminar will look at the core proposals put forward by the Green Paper and examine how the approach can be more inclusive and holistic to better support all disabled people – including those with complex needs – to realise their aspirations in the workplace should they wish to work, and provide appropriate protection for those who need it.
Previously Richard worked at the social enterprise Turning Point for over ten years in a number of Director posts as well as leading the business function, Connected Care, that involves service users in the design and delivery of services across England. A qualified solicitor, Richard has also been Parliamentary Manager for the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO), was Mencap's Head of Campaigns for four years, and a Trustee of Respond for ten years. He is currently a Director of Whitefield Academy that supports children with specialist educational needs and is a Board Member of the Campaign to End Loneliness.
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Reference: Work, Health and Disability: Improving Lives.
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1.00pm - 2.15pmThursday 9th March 2017