Retention deficit: a new approach to boosting employment for people with health problems and disabilities

The government has positioned halving the disability employment gap as a central challenge for the UK labour market. To make significant progress on this ambition, a comprehensive set of changes will be needed, alongside a cultural shift in how we view the connections between disability, health and employment in this country. The Green Paper on this topic due to be published later this year provides the perfect opportunity for reflection, and the purpose of this report is to offer a new set of ideas that can be considered and developed in it. In particular, we see an opportunity for a renewed focus on one area of policy where we think attention has often been lacking: the employment relationship and exits from work connected to disability and ill-health.