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People with Disabilities: Financial Assistance

Work and Pensions – in the House of Commons on 9th March 2020.

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Photo of Robert Halfon Robert Halfon Chair, Education Committee

If she will hold discussions with her Cabinet colleagues on ensuring that people with disabilities receive financial assistance in addition to welfare payments for costs related to their disability.

Photo of Therese Coffey Therese Coffey The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

I commend my right hon. Friend for his passion and work on this particularly important issue. The year 2020 is crucial for our work on disability with not only the Green Paper, but the cross-Government national strategy. Of course, I will continue to speak to my Cabinet colleagues about supporting people with disabilities into work, making them wealthier in their own right and helping them live fulfilling, independent lives.

Photo of Robert Halfon Robert Halfon Chair, Education Committee

What assistance are the Government giving to apprentices with disabilities to help them with their travel costs or any other costs they may incur, and what are the Government doing—specifically and currently —to get more people with disabilities to do apprenticeships?

Photo of Therese Coffey Therese Coffey The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

My right hon. Friend may not be aware of this, but people with disabilities undertaking an apprenticeship can receive assistance from the Access to Work scheme to overcome workplace barriers. In addition, our flexible support fund can support eligible claimants with a variety of the costs associated with starting work, whether initial travel costs or, indeed, things like clothing.