Access to Work Programme

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 9th November 2015.

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Photo of Owen Smith Owen Smith Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many disabled people have been helped back to work by the Access to Work scheme in each of the last five years.

Photo of Justin Tomlinson Justin Tomlinson Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (Department for Work and Pensions) (Disabled People)

The table below lists annual totals for people who have been helped by Access to Work in each of the last five years.

Customer Type

2010-11

2011-12

2012-13

2013-14

2014-15

Existing customer

22,480

20,760

20,670

22,850

24,730

New customer helped

13,330

10,010

10,830

12,720

12,080

Total

35,810

30,780

31,500

35,560

36,820

Access to Work is not an exclusively back-to-work scheme and the department’s data do not distinguish between those helped into new employment opportunities and those helped to retain existing work. The data quoted here are for total numbers helped by Access to Work.

These figures are taken from the latest statistics for Access to Work, which show figures for people helped by the scheme going back to 2007 and are published quarterly here: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/468889/access-to-work-statistics-apr-jun-2015.pdf

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