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Latest Access to Work Statistics

New statistics have been produced by the Department for Work and Pensions on the Access to Work programme for the period up to the end of September 2011.

Access to Work is a specialist initiative delivered by Jobcentre Plus to provide advice and support to disabled people and their employers to help them overcome barriers to employment.  For example, funding is provided to help towards the costs of equipment, transport and support workers.

The key points from the latest release are:

  • Number helped: 24,340 individuals helped in the period April 2011 – September 2011.
  • Number continuing to benefit: 15,930 individuals continuing to benefit in the period April 2011 – September 2011.

 

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Improved access to  employment for disabled people

The Government yesterday announced changes to Access to Work, a disability employment programme delivered by Jobcentre Plus, to give disabled people faster and simpler support into work.

Access to Work provides financial help towards the extra costs faced by disabled people in work, where this goes beyond what would be reasonable for an employer to meet. For example, the programme provides grants direct to individual disabled people to reimburse them for approved costs, and is very flexible to meet individual needs.

Minister for Disabled People, Maria Miller said: “Our changes to Access to Work will give disabled people the confidence to apply for jobs, safe in the knowledge that they are already eligible for support. Employers will also be reassured that support is available towards costs beyond what is reasonable for them to meet.”

In 2009/10 the programme  supported 37,300 disabled people in employment.  Estimates suggest an average annual net fiscal benefit of £2,600.

Disabled jobseekers will be able to find out immediately if they’re eligible for Access to Work support by completing a short on-line questionnaire at Directgov.

To be eligible for the programme a person must:

o    have a disability or health condition as defined under the Equality Act which is affecting their ability to work;

  • be 16 years old or over;
  • live and work in Great Britain;
  • be in work already, or have a confirmed start-date;
  • not be in receipt of Incapacity Benefit (however the person may get limited help if they will be working under Higher Level or Supported Permitted Work rules).

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