The Government has a 10 year strategy which is designed to see 1 million more disabled people in work by 2027. As part of this a £4.2 million challenge fund has been set up to help people with mental health or musculoskeletal conditions to stay in work.
The money is to be used to fund approximately 20 initiatives to improve understanding in any of the following areas:
- Helping people stay in work by increasing their ability to self-manage their conditions.
- Helping people access advice and support about what sort of work they might be capable of doing given their wider needs and circumstances.
- Developing new approaches to help employers and individuals develop workplace solutions, or ways of working that facilitate greater participation of people experiencing these conditions.
- Improving systems by joining up services to strengthen communication, liaison or joint action.
Employers, charities, social enterprises, local authorities, health bodies and others can all make applications for funding, with the deadline being 5pm on 17 August 2018.
Given the size of the challenge £4.2 million appears a rather modest investment, which is why disabled employees who are struggling at work should not hesitate to take a robust approach when relying on the protection afforded by the Equality Act 2010. In cases of direct discrimination, indirect discrimination, failure to make reasonable adjustments, discrimination arising from disability, harassment and victimisation, staff should not hesitate to seek expert legal advice at an early stage.
For further assistance or advice about the topics raised in this blog please contact our Employment Law Department either:-
- By calling 01924 387 110;
- Requesting a call back or
- Or visiting our free Employment Clinic in our Horsforth office every Monday 9am-10am & 12p-2pm