We expect Government imminently, in quick succession, to publish Dr Paul Litchfield’s independent review of the Work Capability Assessment (WCA) and the Government’s own Disability Employment Strategy. These two important reports must not be viewed in isolation from one another.
- Supporting self efficacy and encouraging people to build their capabilities. Assessments might be focused on what you need to achieve that – your aspirations, your employment support needs and adjustments, linking this to your other support needs (social care, health etc – as in the Right to Control pilots). This could result in a personal budget for your employment related support, with which you might select a mentor, access to peer support, a job coach or whatever support would most help you, as an individual
- Incentivising and requiring employers to change the world of work: for instance, for some roles annualised hours contracts could be effective, so you work when well; and Government could fund temporary cover for someone who has to take disability-related time out, thereby reducing the disincentive to employ you in the first place (an idea that has been much recommended, but never implemented). Disabled people and employers could co-design solutions, drawing on the expertise of provider organisations as they choose to