Access to Work Programme

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 7th October 2008.

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Photo of Mark Harper Mark Harper Shadow Minister (Work and Pensions)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions from which part of his Department's budget funding to raise the Access to Work budget will be drawn.

Photo of James Purnell James Purnell Secretary of State, Department for Work and Pensions

holding answer 10 September 2008

On 21 July 2008, the Department published its Green Paper 'No one written off: reforming welfare to reward responsibility'. Despite a fourfold increase in funding over the last 10 years, we recognise the need to expand the service to provide more help to more people. We are doubling the budget on Access to Work. This will be a major expansion of the support we can offer to disabled people to help them get and sustain employment. We estimate that this will expand the programme's capacity to around 48,000 people by 2013-14. The extra funding being made available is in addition to what was agreed in the 2007 spending review settlement.

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