Government funding for support and equipment helps record number of disabled people access work
A record number of disabled people have been supported by the Government’s Access to Work scheme, with new figures revealing 36,240 people received the grant last year.
Designed to provide financial support to ensure as an individual’s disability or health condition doesn’t prevent them from realising their career aspirations, the government-run Access to Work grant awards up to £60,000 to people throughout a year to break down workplace barriers.
The funding can be used to pay for vital adjustments for disabled people, including specialist adaptations and assistive technology, such as adjustable desks, specialist IT equipment and voice-recognition software.
The funding covers adjustments not covered by an individual’s employer making reasonable adjustments to accommodate employees with disabilities and is not required to be paid back.
According to the Department for Work and Pensions, Government spending on the Access to Work scheme is up to record levels, with £129.1 million spent last year – a real-terms increase of £15 million since 2010.
Minister for Disabled People Justin Tomlinson said: “Having a disability or health condition must not be a barrier to enjoying a fulfilling career – and the support available means there’s no excuse for employers who refuse to be inclusive.
“Access to Work removes the obstacles facing disabled people in the workplace, helping to level the playing field and ensure businesses don’t see employing disabled people as a burden.
“With more disabled people than ever before supported through Access to Work, thousands more employers across the country are benefitting from the skills disabled people bring to the workplace.”
Access to Work is part of a wider government drive to create more job opportunities for disabled people, with nearly 950,000 more disabled people in work compared to five years ago, says the government.
Work and Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd has committed to reviewing the government’s goal to see one million more disabled people in work between 2017 and 2027, with a view to making the target more ambitious.https://thiis.co.uk/government-funding-for-support-and-equipment-helps-record-number-of-disabled-people-access-work/https://i1.wp.com/thiis.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/disabled-worker-e1611062543741.jpg?fit=900%2C661&ssl=1https://i1.wp.com/thiis.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/disabled-worker-e1611062543741.jpg?resize=150%2C150&ssl=1Government & Local AuthoritiesInvestments & FundingNewsroomAccess to Work,adaptations,Amber Rudd,assistive technology,Department of Work and Pensions,DWP,equipment,Justin Tomlinson,TelecareA record number of disabled people have been supported by the Government’s Access to Work scheme, with new figures revealing 36,240 people received the grant last year.Designed to provide financial support to ensure as an individual’s disability or health condition doesn’t prevent them from realising their career aspirations, the...Calvin BarnettCalvin Barnettcalvin@thiis.co.ukAdministratorTHIIS Magazine