Policies miss the point

first_img Previous Article Next Article Government policies to get disabled people into work are failing to tacklethe biggest barriers, a disability charity has claimed.The comments were made following the Budget announcement that the new dealfor disabled people, which has been run as a pilot, will be rolled outnationally.John Knight, head of policy at Leonard Cheshire, said schemes to placepeople in jobs had some merit but until changes are made to the benefits systemand disabled people get better access to education, little progress will bemade.Under the current system disabled people are often excluded from mainstreameducation. If they are in work, they have to pay for their own care, which canleave them worse off than if they rely on benefits.”At the moment it is as productive to sit at home doing nothing thanbusting a gut at work all day,” said Knight.He said the Government also needs to understand the burden on disabledpeople of having to care for themselves.He added that the personnel profession could do more to promote disabilityawareness. Prejudice and lack of understanding among employers are extrabarriers.www.leonard-cheshire.org Policies miss the pointOn 11 Apr 2000 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more