The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) makes a “final plea” for people to “have their say” on the welfare system.

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The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) makes a “final plea” for people to “have their say” on the welfare system.

THE DEPARTMENT OF WORK AND PENSIONS (DWP) is pushing people to ‘have their say’ on the future of the benefits system before the deadline next week. Disabled individuals around the UK are being invited to reply to the Health and Disability Green Paper consultation and make their voices known.

The 12-week online survey, which can be found at www.getinvolved.dwp.gov.uk/05-policy-group/health-and-disability-green-paper/, will close in one week on October 11, 2021. Chloe Smith, the new Minister for Disabled People, has launched a final appeal to the public to have their say and help establish a more equitable benefits system for everybody.

“We need your help,” Ms Smith added, “for the government to make changes that will have a permanent and concrete impact on people’s lives.”

“Thank you to everyone who has spoken up so far, but I would encourage everyone who hasn’t to do so now and in the future to help create a benefits system that better meets the needs of handicapped people and those with health conditions.”

As recent data shows, the UK’s care system is under increasing strain, reform of the support available to handicapped persons may be urgently required.

The Green Paper on Health and Disability proposes reforms that might promote independent living and test the role of advocacy so that those who require extra help navigating the benefits system get the right degree of support and information the first time.

Those who fit the criteria may have a more straightforward application process, with no need for an assessment to get financial assistance.

Finally, through the Work and Health Programme, Access to Work, and personalizing employment support, it might increase support for handicapped individuals to help them start, stay, and succeed in work, acknowledging that one size does not fit all.

There are a variety of versions available to make the Green Paper as accessible as possible.

Physical and braille copies, as well as a BSL movie with subtitles, a Welsh language version, a 20pt version, a full audio version available digitally and on CD, and an easy read version are all available.

The consultation is taking place in conjunction with a series of events involving disabled persons, individuals with health issues, and their representatives.

This includes online and in-person activities in England, Scotland, and Wales.

After the consultation, detailed suggestions will be made. “Brinkwire News Summary.”

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