Disabled People: Access to Work Fund — Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 2:37 pm on 29th June 2015.

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Photo of Lord Touhig Lord Touhig Labour 2:37 pm, 29th June 2015

My Lords, an Access to Work grant is a lifeline helping disabled people to find a job and stay in work, so I am sure I was not alone in being surprised last week when the Minister for Disabled People seemed almost to boast about the fact that his department had underspent the fund’s budget by £3 million last year. In those circumstances, will the Minister tell the House why the Government are cutting the grant that disabled people can receive under the fund and why they have failed to publicise the fact that the fund even exists? How will this help the Government to honour their pledge to cut the number of unemployed people by 50%?