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Improving Lives: Work, health and disability consultation

The Department of Work & Pensions (DWP) is consulting on reforms of the Work Capability Assessment (WCA) tests to deliver more "targeted and personalised" support and end the division of Universal Credit (UC) and Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) claimants into groups deemed to be able or unable to work.

The consultation on reform of the controversial Work Capability Assessment test for benefits is among a range of new proposals to help people with disabilities and long-term health problems find work and stay in their jobs.

The Department of Work & Pensions (DWP) wants to help everyone to be able to enjoy the independence, security and good health that being in work can bring.

Among the measures planned is a review of the system of statutory sick pay and GP "fit notes" to encourage people to make "phased" returns to work as they recover, as well as early treatment to prevent them falling out of employment in the first place.

Many disabled people and people with long-term health conditions already work and many more want access to the benefits that work can bring and they want to understand how to improve the system to make this possible.

The Department of Work & Pensions (DWP) would like to understand why disabled people and people with health conditions might be unable to get a job or keep one, and to recognise the wide range of conditions and circumstances they face.

They want to hear views from a range of respondents:

  • people with health conditions and disabled people
  • both large and small employers
  • employability professionals
  • health and care professionals
  • families, friends, teachers and carers
  • local leaders and commissioners in health, social care and local authorities
  • voluntary and community organisations

Also, they want to hear from people who work or would like to work. Improving the way we all look after our health, plan to be well and recover from illness in the workplace is something that will have an impact right across society.

The consultation documents:

You can respond to the consultation in several ways:

An online survey hosted on Citizen Space provides a simple and easily accessible way to respond to Work, health and disability consultation questions.

  • You can give your answers online at: 

  • Send an email to:

  • Send a letter to this address:

     The Work, Health and Disability consultation, Ground Floor, Caxton House,
     6–12 Tothill Street, London, SW1H 9NA.

The consultation will run until Friday 17th February 2017, and is a public consultation to which anyone with an interest may respond.

Technical annex to Improving lives: The Work, Health and Disability Green Paper

The Department of Work & Pensions (DWP) published a technical annex containing statistical analysis on work, health and disability in the UK to support the consultation.

It brings together existing evidence with new data analysis:


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