Evaluation of Access to Work

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 9th March 2010.

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Photo of Roger Berry Roger Berry Labour, Kingswood

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether she plans to take forward the recommendations made in her Department's research report no. 621, Evaluation of Access to Work: Ministerial Government Departments.

Photo of Jonathan R Shaw Jonathan R Shaw Minister of State (Disabled People), Regional Affairs, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Disabled People), Department for Work and Pensions

The research report contained a number of recommendations to improve the delivery of support previously financed by Access to Work within ministerial Government Departments. Many of the problems identified, and recommendations suggested, were concerned specifically with the individual provision arrangements within Government Departments and are therefore for the individual departments to implement. These include improving the monitoring and review processes operated, potentially in line with those delivered by Access to Work.

The report does however identify support that the Department for Work and Pensions can continue to provide to ministerial Government Departments to help them improve their delivery of this process. We are committed to supporting these recommendations and will be working with ministerial Government Departments to communicate best practice and further advice and guidance in order to improve their delivery of this support to their disabled staff.

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