Government responds to assistive technology inquiry

The Work and Pensions Committee has published the government response to its report on Assistive Technology

Before the inquiry concluded, the Government announced a major positive change in dropping the planned cap on Access to Work payments, and has since announced a new Tech Fund that means employers do not have to contribute to the costs of acquiring AT to adapt the workplace - removing a big potential barrier. 

The response falls short on the key recommendation of allowing Personal Independence Payments benefits to be used to lease or buy assistive technology - similar to the way it is used to lease cars through Motability - but pledges to consider ways of effecting the recommendation once the National Audit Office has concluded its review of Motability's operations.