The Job Centres should be run locally by the council and sick and disabled people should be handled by the Department of Health and Social Care

The Job Centres should be run locally by the council and sick and disabled people should be handled by the Department of Health and Social Care

The DWP is incapable of adapting to the needs of the ill and disabled when it comes to job seeking.

According to a Demos study, “It is not possible for the DWP to engage meaningfully with ill and disabled people in the way its own ministers and leaders would want”.

A report released by Demos shows 15% of people who have suffered a serious illness within the last 10 years and 17% of people who have suffered a mental health issue within the last 10 years agree the DWP understand the concerns and issues facing ill and disabled people while 60% of people who have suffered a serious illness within the last 10 years and 63% of people who have suffered a mental health issue within the last 10 years disagree the DWP understand the concerns and issues facing ill and disabled people.

The report also shows 11% of people who have suffered a serious illness within the last 10 years and 9% of people who have suffered a mental health issue within the last 10 years agree the DWP has a good reputation when dealing with disabled people while 48% of people who have suffered a serious illness within the last 10 years and 59% of people who have suffered a mental health issue within the last 10 years agree the DWP has a bad reputation when dealing with disabled people.

Demos also examined the public’s trust in the Jobcentre Plus staff. 20% of people in the report agreed that the DWP understands the concerns facing ill and disabled people while 48% disagree that the DWP understands the concerns facing ill and disabled people.

Most respondants said they put their trust into the Third Sector (62%), second from that the NHS (59%).

All respondants (39%) believe the Jobcentre should be run locally by the council while 25% of all respondants believe the Jobcentre should be run nationally by the DWP.

New approaches should be explored if the Government is to improve outcomes for ill and disabled people, some of which are:

  • Devolved assemblies or local government
  • Department of Health and Social Care
  • Third sector organisations

The Department of Health and Social Care which works with various regional NHS bodies appears to be a potentially suitable alternative to the DWP. The Third sector such as charities are also understanding of ill and disabled people.

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