The Department for Work and Pensions have released official statistics relating to the Access to Work scheme and how many individuals have been supported in 2015. The full report can be found by following this link to DWP’s website >> http://ian.lt/1NjJqr1
The report was a real eye-opener to see just how many disabled people in the UK benefit from the Access to Work scheme. From April 2015 to December 2015, 32,150 individuals were helped and, of this figure, 8,490 were new cases.
In recent months, the government has made a real push on supporting disabled employees at work with their Disability Confident campaign. Justin Tomlinson MP, Minister for Disabled People, wanted to halve the gap between the employment rates of disabled and non-disabled people. This means that they needed to get around 1 million more disabled people into work. At the Business Disability Forum’s conference in April, Justin Tomlinson said, “Now we are making progress. In the last 12 months, we have another 152,000 disabled people into work. An extra 292,000 in the last two years. To halve the disability employment gap is about 1 million more jobs for people with disabilities. With a strong economy, we are close to full structural employment.” Although the government still have a long way to go, these figures certainly look promising and show that more and more companies are recruiting disabled talent.
What is the Access to Work Scheme?
Access to Work is a government scheme run by Job Centre Plus to support people with a disability in their work. How much support each person gets depends on their individual circumstances.
To qualify for support, your condition must affect your ability to do your job or man that you have to pay work-related costs, for example assistive technology to help you use a computer. The money that you receive can pay for fares to work if you are unable to use public transport, a job coach to help you cope in your workplace, or special equipment.
If you believe you can get help from Access to Work, please follow this link >> http://ian.lt/24zKOKk
iansyst provide a range of services as part of the Access to Work scheme including workplace assessments, assistive technology software, hardware and ergonomic solutions, workplace consultancy services and much more. To find out how iansyst can support you or your disabled employees in the workplace, please email email@example.com