Peer support for job-seekers ‘could prove as important as direct payments’ | DisabledGo News and Blog


The use of peer support to help disabled people into sustainable jobs could prove as important in promoting independent living as the development of direct payments, according to a leading figure in the disability movement. Andy Rickell, a former chief executive of the British Council of Disabled People, called on the government to realise that its ambition to halve the disability employment gap could only be achieved if other aspects of independent living were not ignored. He said the government needed to understand that equal employment opportunities for disabled people were only possible if the other 11 “pillars of independent living” – which include appropriate and accessible health and social care provision, accessible and adapted housing, and adequate provision of personal assistance – were also in place. He said: “All the 12 pillars have to stack up for disabled people’s employment to work.” He said disabled people’s support was a “house of cards” and that the government was “in

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