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 Low of Dalston Lord Low of Dalston Crossbench 2:37 pm, 29th June 2015

My Lords, as the Minister said, the Government aim to halve the disability employment gap so that hundreds of thousands more disabled people who can work, and want to be in work, find employment. This is an ambitious aim, and I wonder how far the Minister believes it will be assisted by capping the amount that an individual can receive from the Access to Work programme. A cap at one and a half times the mean average salary may sound generous, but it could limit the effectiveness of the scheme for those with the greatest obstacles to labour-market participation, such as deaf people who need the support of a sign-language interpreter. Will there be any flexibility in the administration of the cap to cater for cases such as these?