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Government consults on overhauling workplace support for disabled people

Reform of SSP would encourage a phased return to work

The Prime Minister has launched a package of measures that aim to tackle the barriers faced by disabled people in the workplace and at home.

Higher accessibility standards for new housing, an overhaul of statutory sick pay (SSP) and greater workplace support intend to ensure disabled people can fully participate in society.

A consultation on new measures to help employers better support disabled people and those with long-term health conditions in work will be published next month.

These include reforming SSP so it is better enforced, more flexible to encourage a phased return to work, and covers the lowest paid.

The government will also consult on offering small and medium employers a conditional rebate to support those who manage staff on sickness absence and help them get back to work.

The Work and Pensions Secretary will explore how to improve support for those on disability benefits through a green paper.

Prime Minister Theresa May said: “We all have a crucial role – businesses, government and civil society – in working together to ensure that disabled people get the support they need, and go as far as their talents can take them.”

Around a fifth of the working age population lives with a disability.