Response to changes to Access to Work

12 March 2015

Commenting on the announcement today of changes to Access to Work by the Minister of State for Disabled People, Mark Harper MP, Clare Pelham, Chief Executive of Leonard Cheshire Disability said:

‘There are a number of positive proposals in today’s announcement, including creating personal budgets for Access to Work, which could make support genuinely portable and flexible.

‘Access to Work is still one of the government’s best kept secrets. It provides vital support to many disabled people and their employers, making their working lives possible.

‘Because work is so important, we do not support the idea of setting a cap on payments. I have written to the minister to ask him to set a date for reviewing this approach and to establish a panel of experts to carry out a full evaluation of the many benefits that providing full support through the scheme can offer.

‘All the evidence suggests that Access to Work actually saves money in the long-term, supporting disabled people to stay in work, rather than live on benefits. We all want to see more people accessing the support they need, and this need not be at the cost of others who require more complex support.’

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