Response to new statistics from the Department for Work and Pensions

30 October 2018

In response to new statistics from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), on the approval of Access to Work provision between April 2007 and March 2018, Husna Mortuza, Head of Policy and Campaigns at Leonard Cheshire, said:

‘Today’s report reveals the numbers of people benefitting from Access to Work have barely increased over the last decade, highlighting the urgent need for greater public awareness of the scheme. 

‘Our own research has found that only two in five (40%) employers say they have heard of the scheme and only one in five disabled adults currently or previously working (18%) have sought support through it. Nearly half of those who did seek support said it was difficult to access. 

‘Access to Work has the potential to transform the employment prospects of disabled people, but to have any meaningful impact on closing the disability employment gap, it is essential that more disabled people and employers are made aware of its existence.’

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