Better access to work for disabled people10th December 2010
The government is announcing changes to Access to Work, a disability employment programme, 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.
From today, 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.
If eligible, they will be able to print off a new "Pre-Employment Eligibility Letter" which will help build their confidence when applying for jobs and can be shown to prospective employers.
Minister for Disabled People, Maria Miller said:
“Disabled people should have exactly the same choices and opportunities as non-disabled people and that includes making sure they have the same opportunities to find and stay in work.
"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."
Further changes to Access to Work include from April 2010 larger employers being asked to contribute more towards some adaptations and equipment, which has permitted smaller employers to contribute less, and the very smallest employers to be exempt from any contributions.
Access to Work advisors have also been issued with new guidance to ensure consistent decisions around what equipment employers should reasonably be expected to provide to any of their workers, so freeing resources to support workers with more extensive or specialist needs.
An Equality Impact Assessment has been prepared to ensure that these changes have no adverse impact on any particular group and will be available on the DWP website.
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Title: Better access to work for disabled people
Author: Martine Hamilton
Article Id: 16989
Date Added: 10th Dec 2010