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We must highlight, confront and challenge the attitudes, prejudices and misunderstandings that, after many years, have become engrained in many of the policies and minds of employers, within the welfare state, across the health service and in wider society.
Change will come, not by tinkering at the margins, but through real, innovative action.
3) Making progress on the government’s manifesto ambition to halve the disability employment gap is central to our social reform agenda by building a country and economy that works for everyone, whether or not they have a long-term health condition or disability.
It is fundamental to creating a society based on fairness: people living in more disadvantaged areas have poorer health and a higher risk of disability.
For those in work, but who are just managing, it can lead to them losing their job and then struggling to get back into work.
We consider the relationship between health, work and disability.We know that we must protect those with the most needs in society.We need a health and welfare system that recognises that – one that offers work for all those who can, help for those who could and care for those who can’t.What should count is a person’s talents and their determination and aspiration to succeed.However, at the moment, for many people, a period of ill health, or a condition that gets worse, can cause huge difficulties.