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Answers to our question put to Tony McNulty MP & Minister DWP - BBC 'Have your say.'

Further to the request to lodge questions to the Minster for Employment & Welfare Reform, Tony McNulty MP, on the BBC 'Have your say' forum.<

 

I asked a question and here is is with the answer -

 

How is the minister reforming welfare to make people who have been out of work, say with HIV, and find it difficult to get work because of stigma and needs arising from disability? I understand the Jobcentre only has an intranet for guidance, with no training in the needs of people with HIV - so your team at the DWP tell me.
John, Fulham, UK <

 

TONY McNULTY MP: Jobcentre Plus decision-makers get independent, accurate and authoritative medical advice from approved healthcare professionals. These professionals are trained to provide advice on the effects of any disability or condition. The training includes material on HIV/AIDS. <

More generally, while the vast majority of employers don't deliberately discriminate against disabled people, too many still perceive that employing a disabled person may carry additional risks for their organisation. So whilst we are making encouraging progress, we still have work to do to demonstrate to employers that employing disabled people really does not carry such risks and that there are many advantages and opportunities to be gained from a more diverse workforce. Once in work, disabled people are often very loyal employees who have less time off sick. I do accept, though, that we have some ways to go with some employers. <

 

If you want to see the whole article click here.<

 

Further to the request to lodge questions to the Minster for Employment & Welfare Reform, Tony McNulty MP, on the BBC 'Have your say' forum.<

 

I asked a question and here is is with the answer -

 

How is the minister reforming welfare to make people who have been out of work, say with HIV, and find it difficult to get work because of stigma and needs arising from disability? I understand the Jobcentre only has an intranet for guidance, with no training in the needs of people with HIV - so your team at the DWP tell me.
John, Fulham, UK <

 

TONY McNULTY MP: Jobcentre Plus decision-makers get independent, accurate and authoritative medical advice from approved healthcare professionals. These professionals are trained to provide advice on the effects of any disability or condition. The training includes material on HIV/AIDS. <

More generally, while the vast majority of employers don't deliberately discriminate against disabled people, too many still perceive that employing a disabled person may carry additional risks for their organisation. So whilst we are making encouraging progress, we still have work to do to demonstrate to employers that employing disabled people really does not carry such risks and that there are many advantages and opportunities to be gained from a more diverse workforce. Once in work, disabled people are often very loyal employees who have less time off sick. I do accept, though, that we have some ways to go with some employers. <

 

If you want to see the whole article click here.<

NHS at 60 & BBC Newsnight

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05/06/2008 14:29

 The BBC are running a debate on the NHS at 60. You can find and contribute here - 

http://newsforums.bbc.co.uk/nol/thread.jspa?forumID=4884&edition=1&ttl=20080605142532<

This, as I understand will feed into the Newnight programme.

As we all use and rely on the NHS I mention this for your information.

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12/06/2008 17:00

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