• Disability Support

    12 July 2019

    Dear Constituent,

    Thank you for contacting me about people with disabilities. 

    Over £50 billion every year is being spent on benefits alone to support people with disabilities or health conditions. The Government will continue to spend more than Labour did in 2010 in every year to 2020. Benefits related to the additional costs of disability have been uprated every year, and households in receipt of these benefits are exempt from the benefit cap. 

    The focus should be on putting opportunity at the heart of our society. In the last five years, 947,000 more disabled people have moved into work. However, there is more to do to meet the Conservative 2017 manifesto commitment to get one million more disabled people into work over the next decade. The Government is working closely with disabled people, their representatives, health care professionals and employers to achieve this.

    The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) will in the coming months bring forward a Green Paper on health and disability support, to enable a conversation about building a welfare system for the future that is an ally of disabled people. The team will work closely with disabled people, disabled people’s organisations and charities to take forward this new approach to disability, with their views and experiences at the forefront of any new policy.

    The Government has launched a new cross-government approach on disability which is guided by a vision that recognises the contributions that disabled people make and where disabled people can participate fully in society. To drive forward this approach, government will establish a new cross-departmental team in the Cabinet Office, recognising that disabled people face barriers across a wide range of aspects of their lives and coordinated cross-government action is therefore vital. To inform this new approach, government is committed to strengthening the evidence base on disability and to improve engagement with disabled people and disabled people’s organisations, in line with relevant recommendations from the United Nations.

    Yours sincerely,

    Mel Stride MP

    MP for Central Devon

    Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons