DWP Birmingham workshop on health and disability services

October 25, 2019

On 25 June, Government announced that the DWP would launch a consultation “to explore ways to improve the support for people with disabilities and health conditions.”

As part of this consultation process, the DWP is holding this series of regional workshop events.

The DWP says:

“We want to hear first-hand from disabled people and the organisations and charities who represent them, about the barriers disabled people face, and work with you to explore how we can improve our service offer. 

A workshop will be held 30 October at The Centre for Voluntary Action BVSC, 138 Digbeth, Birmingham, B5 6DR

The times for the workshop is 10.00 am to 1.00 pm and the DWP is also having a quieter ‘drop in’ session from 2.00 pm to 3.00 pm for people who are not able or comfortable to participate in a group setting.

The DWP stresses that those wishing to attend a workshop must email wca.consultationevents@dwp.gsi.gov.uk to register their interest in attending.

This central email address can also be used for people to ask questions, venue details, and notify it of any accessibility requirements.

Workshop attendees will receive a £30 voucher for their time and will be able to claim back reasonable expenses of travel to and from the event.

The DWP has published a FAQ sheet giving more information.

Broadly, the workshop events will discuss:

  • how the disability social security system could better support disabled people’s needs;
  • whether there should be compulsory work-related activity conditionality and sanctions;
  • how the decision-making and appeals process for ESA and PIP could be improved.
  • how better the DWP could support disabled people in to employment.

For details of the other workshops nationally, please visit https://www.disabilityrightsuk.org/news/2019/october/dwp-announces-regional-workshop-events-ask-disabled-people-how-social-security 

There will be many opportunities throughout the formal consultation to get in touch and share your views. Please visit GOV.UK over the coming months for more details about how to be involved in this consultation.

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