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Hft makes key recommendations in response to the Government’s Green Paper
Hft makes key recommendations in response to the Government’s Green Paper

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Hft makes key recommendations in response to the Government’s Green Paper

Published: 20/02/17

Hft, a national charity that supports adults with learning disabilities, has submitted its response to the joint Department of Health & Department for Work & Pensions Green Paper Improving Lives: The Work, Health and Disability Green Paper. The Green Paper sets out the Government’s strategy to meet its manifesto ambition to halve the disability employment gap.

Whilst Hft broadly welcomed the recommendations made within the Green Paper, the charity had five key demands arising from the consultation. They were:

  • A return to local commissioning of employment opportunities for people with learning disabilities, allowing work coaches to build up a detailed knowledge of the needs of both the local business and people seeking supported employment.
  • For the NHS to move from the medical model of disability towards the social model of disability, so that it is in line with current Department for Work & Pensions guidelines.
  • Ensure sufficient funding and training was made available to help inform people with learning disabilities how they are able to access their benefits online, following planned closures of JobCentre Plus sites across the UK.
  • To consult with the Department for Education to include learning disability awareness as part of the PHSE curriculum.
  • For Whitehall to lead by example, and increase the number of people with disabilities employed by the Civil Service (currently 9.2% of total employees)*.

Billy Davis, Public Affairs & Policy Manager, commented: “At Hft we believe that everyone who wants a job deserves the chance to have one. We can help secure jobs for people with learning disabilities and work with people to find paid and voluntary employment to suit their needs.

We hope the publication of this Green Paper will be the start of a long overdue conversation for ways in which government (both at Westminster and local level), businesses and organisations such as Hft, can work together to help the people we support into gainful paid or voluntary work, helping them to live the best life possible.”

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Notes to editors

* Figure revealed as part of a Parliamentary Question: Civil Servants: Learning Disability: Written question – 52010, 7th November 2016, http://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/written-questions-answers-statements/written-question/Commons/2016-11-07/52010

Case studies of people supported by Hft in supported employment can be found here: http://www.hft.org.uk/Stories/Employment/ 

For further information please contact: Suzanne Fry, PR & Media Manager, on 0117 906 1755 or suzanne.fry@hft.org.uk. For media enquiries outside of office hours please call 0117 906 1697

About Hft

Hft is a national charity supporting more than 2,500 adults with learning disabilities across England to live the best life possible. Established in 1962, the charity uses its own unique Fusion Model to consistently deliver high quality, person-centered support across all its services. 

Services range from supported living to residential care – from a few hours a week to 24 hours a day. Hft also helps people with learning disabilities to take part in daily activities, make friends and develop relationships and to find work.

For more information about Hft please visit www.hft.org.uk

Information about learning disabilities

A learning disability can be mild, moderate, severe or profound and is defined as having a reduced ability to:

  • Understand new or complex information
  • Learn new skills
  • Live independently

Subject: Services
Location: National