Tom Pollard

Tom is an independent policy expert with over ten years’ experience working on social policy related to mental health. He spent six years in the Policy and Campaigns team at the charity Mind, where he covered issues including debt, access to justice and employment, but had a particular focus on benefits and back-to-work support. In 2016 he was asked to join the Department for Work and Pensions on secondment as their Senior Mental Health Policy Adviser, with a roving brief to work on relevant policy and delivery issues. After 18 months in this role, Tom left DWP and spent two years training and practising as a Mental Health Social Worker. Alongside frontline work, he has continued to write extensively about benefits and employment support for people with mental health problems.

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