Health and Disability White Paper published
The Government has published its’ long-awaited Health and Disability White Paper – ‘Transforming Future Support’ – setting out what it believes are ambitious reforms to help more disabled people and people with health conditions to start, stay and succeed in work, and also to have a better experience of the benefits system.
The reforms to the benefits system are aimed at changing the emphasis ‘from what people can’t do, to what they can’, by bringing forward legislation to remove the work capability assessment so that in future there is only one health and disability assessment – the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) assessment.
Other changes include more investment in employment support for disabled people and people with health conditions, and an ambition to ensure that people can access the right support at the right time and have a better overall experience when applying for and receiving health and disability benefits. However, none of the proposed changes will happen quickly – the Governments plan is to bring forward the legislation needed in the next Parliament.