The Improving Lives: the Work, Health and Disability Green Paper was published by the Department for Work and Pensions and the Department of Health: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/work-health-and-disability-improving-lives
Paul Breckell, Chief Executive Action on Hearing Loss said: ‘Action on Hearing Loss welcomes the collaborative focus of the Department of Work and Pensions and the Department of Health on integrated support for work and health. The Green Paper puts onus on employers, health professionals and government to work closer together to support more people with hearing loss to find and stay in work.
‘We know first-hand that many people who lose their hearing while still in work end up leaving their job earlier that they would have liked. Work Coaches based in Jobcentres must be appropriately trained to recognise the health interventions, such as audiology, or mental wellbeing support, that people with hearing loss need in order to feel confident to stay in work or go back to work.
‘We welcome the measures which will support more people with a hearing loss to be able to work, but there is concern that the long and unclear timescales for these plans to come will unduly slow the process down.
‘Currently there are nearly four million people aged between 50–69 with a hearing loss, and by 2025, 10 years on from the Government’s manifesto commitment to halve the disability employment gap, the number of people with hearing loss in that age range will have increased. We urge Government now to move forward without any further delay to help people with a hearing loss to make even more significant contributions to society.’