Closing the Disability Employment Gap

Speakers Confirmed:

  • Clare Grey, Disability Advocacy Adviser, The Shaw Trust
  • Anna-Renée Paisley, Supported Employment Manager, Newham Council
  • Avril Bankes-Fay, Employment Team Manager, Pluss Mental Health Services
  • Tracey Evans, Support Worker, Leonard Stocks Centre
  • Mat Ainsworth, Assistant Director, Employment, Greater Manchester Combined Authority
  • Representative, ERSA
  • Tom Hicks, Head of Communications and Policy, Remploy
  • John Cooper, Campaigns and Public Affairs Manager, United Response


Disabilities and health conditions can be huge barriers for those looking to enter and stay in work. The Government has made closing the disability employment gap a priority. Policy changes include the Work, Health and Disability Green Paper, a new welfare-to-work programme and the continued rollout of universal credit.

Attend this timely Westminster Briefing to explore government action, consider welfare reforms and their impact, and learn from good practice case studies.

Key Issues to be the Addressed:

  • The Government’s Work, Health and Disability Green Paper and where it will lead
  • The Work & Health Programme: how it’s different from previous programmes and what it means for disabled people 
  • Universal Credit: continuing the roll out and assessing its impact
  • Improving employment rates for disabled people in social housing
  • Building skills through part-time work, training and apprenticeships
  • Developing partnership working between local government, the third sector, housing associations and employers
  • Exploring best practice in disability employment

About the Day:

The morning session will aim to provide an up-to-date brief on disability employment. Delegates will look at current policy reforms and future changes, in order to improve their plans for disability employment.

The afternoon session will focus on learning from good practice. Case studies of effective working will be shared for delegates to take back and use in their own roles.

There will be plenty of time during the day for delegates to network with colleagues from across the country.

Morning refreshments will be served upon arrival with a networking lunch to follow. Any special needs or dietary requirements should be notified to us upon booking.

The event is CPD certified, and a certificate is available confirming your attendance.

For registration enquiries please contact: | 0207 593 5657

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Who Should Attend?

Delegates will be drawn from all those who work in supporting people with disabilities and health conditions into employment, including: welfare, revenue & benefit officers; Jobcentre representatives; benefit advisers; housing associations and providers; childcare teams; welfare to work services and contractors; employers; advice & support groups; local authorities; skills & training providers; and third sector organisations.

Wednesday 12th July 2017

11.00am - 3.30pm (including networking lunch)

Private Sector | 1 Place: £295 | 2+ Places: £245 each
Public Sector & Not for Profit | 1 Place: £245 | 2+ Places:£195 each 

Charities | £150 per place

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