Minister suggests local funding developments

The Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work, Justin Tomlinson, has said that he wants to explore giving more autonomy to Jobcentre Plus work coaches so that they can allocate funding to commission local projects to help get people back into work. Speaking at a Westminster Business Forum event on disability in the workplace, he said that "we do need to look closely about moving away from a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach where people are sat round a circle and taught how to do a CV, and how to do their interview".

He also discussed Access to Work, repeating the often quoted saying that it's the Government's "best kept secret". He suggested that the Government might look at asking employers to make claims on behalf of their employees rather than claims being made by individual workers. It is debateable whether employers would have sufficient understanding of their employee's needs and how best to meet them without independent advice and what access they might need to personal health information. We'll keep an eye on potential developments.