The government has today released its disability and health employment strategy.The new strategy focusses on creating improved pathways for those with disabilities and long term health conditions.

The approach builds on the work of a task and finish group run by DWP, which ERSA was a member of, and suggests creating a day one ‘gateway’, individualising support and improving signposting it also refers to co-commissioning with other departments and closer working and support for employers. There is emphasis on building the evidence base and suggestion more local projects will be piloted to see if they can be applied on a national basis. In line with the most recent WCA there is also a big focus on support for those with mental health issues.

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 The Department’s next paper, expected in the new year, will set out the delivery plan for the strategy in more detail.