Employment: Epilepsy

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 11th February 2019.

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Photo of Paula Sherriff Paula Sherriff Shadow Minister (Mental Health and Social Care), Shadow Minister (Mental Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department is taking to increase the number of people with epilepsy entering employment.

Photo of Sarah Newton Sarah Newton The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

We are taking steps to support disabled people and people with health conditions, including those with epilepsy, to enter employment through initiatives like the Work and Health Programme, Personal Support Package and the recently-announced Intensive Personalised Employment Support Programme (IPES), which will see more than £40m invested in a new highly personalised package of support to disabled people who are at least a year away from moving into work. We also offer extensive, personalised support to new and existing disabled workers through Access to Work.

In addition, we engage with employers through Disability Confident. The scheme, developed by disabled people, employers and disability organisations, encourages employers to think differently about disability and to take action to improve how they attract, recruit and retain disabled employees. Over 10,500 businesses have signed up to the Disability Confident scheme since it was launched in November 2016.

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