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 Baroness Altmann Baroness Altmann The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions 2:37 pm, 29th June 2015

I reassure the noble Lord that the cap for existing claimants will not be introduced until 2018, and we will work sensitively with all those affected to ensure a smooth transition from the support they currently get to an alternative form of support under the new arrangements. More than 35,000 people are currently in the Access to Work programme and 200 will be affected by the cap. As I said, nobody currently receiving more than the cap will lose any of their support until we have worked through the programme of transition over the next three years.