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Access to Work Programme

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 3rd November 2014.

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Photo of Kate Green Kate Green Shadow Minister (Work and Pensions)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people whose primary medical condition was classified as difficulty in hearing received an award for (a) communication support at interview, (b) special aids and equipment and (c) a support worker in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

Photo of Kate Green Kate Green Shadow Minister (Work and Pensions)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average value of Access to Work awards provided to people whose primary medical condition was classified as difficulty in hearing for (a) communication support at interview, (b) special aids and equipment and (c) a support worker in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

Photo of Mark Harper Mark Harper Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions) (Disabled People)

The information requested is in the tables below:

Number of awards each financial year for people whose primary medical condition was classified as difficulty in hearing

Element type

2009/10

2010/11

2011/12

2012/13

2013/14

Communication Support at Interview

270

220

210

270

250

Special Aids and Equipment

1,120

780

410

520

610

Support Worker

3,910

4,020

4,000

4,230

4,470

Mean average spend each financial year for people whose primary medical condition was classified as difficulty in hearing

Element type

2009/10

2010/11

2011/12

2012/13

2013/14

Communication Support at Interview

£200

£200

£200

£300

£200

Special Aids and Equipment

£1,000

£1,300

£1,300

£1,000

£1,200

Support Worker

£6,600

£7,300

£7,900

£7,600

£7,200

Source: Access to Work database (DiSC3)

Notes:

1. Award volumes are rounded to the nearest 10. Average amounts are rounded to the nearest £100.

2. The spend figures quoted in this response are from the Access to Work computer system (DiSC3), which we generally use for requests of detailed disaggregating (regions, disabilities etc) of spend such as this, rather than total spend. For total spend we normally use an accounting system which provides precise total amounts of actual spend in a year. The accounting system cannot produce the same detailed disaggregating of spend as the Access to Work computer system.

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