Access to Work Programme

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 11th June 2014.

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Photo of Steve McCabe Steve McCabe Shadow Minister (Education)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will amend the Access to Work scheme to enable deaf people to employ a full-time salaried support worker.

Photo of Mike Penning Mike Penning The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

The Access to Work programme currently allows for support to be organised in this way if it offers the most cost-effective and practical solution and there is clear customer need for that level of support. We are taking a close look at the Access to Work programme over the next three months, focusing on how we can assist the largest number of disabled people in work. We will include in that process a consideration of how best to address the needs of customers requiring support for a large number of hours each week on an ongoing basis.

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