Access To Work

The Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work, Justin Tomlinson, has said that he wants to explore giving more autonomy to Jobcentre Plus work coaches so that they can allocate funding to commission local projects to help get people back into work. Speaking at a Westminster Business Forum event on disability in the workplace, he said that "we do need to look closely about moving away from a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach where people are sat round a circle and taught how to do a CV, and how to do their interview".

Publisher: 
Charities
Topics: 
Access To Work
Year of Publication: 
2019
Type: 
Guidance

This new guide to Access to Work from the Arts Council and Disability Arts Online has been made available in various accessible formats including easy read and audio-only. It clarifies the Access to Work process and provides specific advice for the arts and cultural sector. Each section of the guide also offers a video version of the information, which includes British Sign Language and optional captions.

DWP has published details of Access to Work statistics from 2007 to 2019. 32,010 people had applications for support approved in 2018-19 and inflation-adjusted spending has increased to exceed 2010 levels for the first time in 5 years. Total expenditure for 2018-19 was just over £129m.

Full details can be found on the DWP website.

 

 

Publisher: 
BASE
Topics: 
Access To Work
Year of Publication: 
2018
Type: 
Consultation

BASE and SUSE conducted a survey about Access to Work in the summer of 2018. A total of 149 responses were received and this report summarise the feedback that we obtained.

The feedback was varied but many respondents found the process of applying for Access to Work and claiming costs to be difficult. Most respondents were claiming between £25 and £30 per hour for job coaching support.

 

The Minister for Disabled People has announced a new Tech Fund as part of Access to Work, offering employers significant savings on the cost of assistive technology. The announcement follows the Work and Pensions inquiry into assistive technology.

The cost of assistive technology required by disabled employees will now be waived for all employers under the new Tech Fund.

The Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work, Sarah Newton, said:

A report Barriers to Work, commissioned by Inclusion London, has found evidence of significant problems with the Government’s disability employment support programme, Access to Work

The report recommends ways to improve Access to Work and reduce the adverse impacts that changes to the scheme are currently having on deaf and disabled people reliant on it to stay in employment. The recommendations have been put together and are supported by deaf and disabled people under the #StopChanges2AtW campaign.

Topics: 
Access To Work
Year of Publication: 
2017
Type: 
Guidance

Access to Work is now using a specific medical form in connection with claims for travel to work. The new form can be completed by someone that knows the individual really well, giving a clear indication why the person needs support with Travel to Work. Once completed this then needs to be signed by a medical professional to verify that the information is accurate. This could be the GP, Practice Nurse, Psychiatrist, Psychologist, Learning Disability Nurse but it can’t be signed by a non-medical person such as Social Worker or Support worker.

Publisher: 
Central Government
Topics: 
Fluctuating health conditions, Learning disabilities, Access To Work
Year of Publication: 
2017
Type: 
Guidance

Access to Work is a specialist disability service from Jobcentre Plus that gives practical advice and support to disabled people, whether they are working, self-employed or looking for employment.

Access to Work is provided where someone needs support or adaptations beyond the reasonable adjustments which an employer is legally obliged to provide under the Equality Act.

Publisher: 
Local Government
Topics: 
Welfare reform, Access To Work, Local Government, Policy, Work Choice, Work Programme
Year of Publication: 
2015
Type: 
Report

The Local Government Association has published Realising Talent: a new framework for devolved employment and skills. It is the final report in a collaborative series with the Centre for Economic and Social Inclusion. It recommends options for the devolution of employment and skills, which LGA believes can be practicably implemented by a new or returning Government.

Publisher: 
Scottish Government
Topics: 
Access To Work, Procurement
Year of Publication: 
2014
Type: 
Guidance

The Scottish supported business directory was launched in January 2014 and lists the services and products that can be procured from the 20 supported businesses in Scotland.

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