LGA responds to Government's work, health and disability plan

“Unless councils and local partners are effectively involved in the design and commissioning of employment support, then it will be difficult to apply a national approach led by Whitehall to addressing the economic and demographic variations of different areas.


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Responding to the Government’s Improving Lives: The Future of Work, Health and Disability plan setting out a 10-year plan for reform to support people with disabilities into work, Cllr Izzi Seccombe, Chairman of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board, said:

“While it is good that the Government has set out plans to get more disabled people into work, it is disappointing that the important role local government can and does play, particularly with regards to adult social care and local welfare support, appears to have been ignored.

“Adult social care services provide vital daily support for disabled people, and we are concerned that this has been overlooked in the Government’s vision.

“Every area has unique labour market conditions, and it is councils who know those areas and communities, residents and local employers, best.

“Unless councils and local partners are effectively involved in the design and commissioning of employment support, then it will be difficult to apply a national approach led by Whitehall to addressing the economic and demographic variations of different areas.

“While the Government rightly highlights innovative council-led approaches, it is disappointing it has not gone further to make this the cornerstone of its solution to supporting people with physical and mental disabilities to move closer to the labour market across all areas.”