Access to Work Programme

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 14th June 2018.

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Photo of Frank Field Frank Field Chair, Work and Pensions Committee, Chair, Work and Pensions Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department is taking to raise awareness and increase take-up of the Access to Work scheme.

Photo of Sarah Newton Sarah Newton The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

We will continue to promote Access to Work through our marketing and media activity, building on its success.

In 2016/17, the number of people with provision approved rose 8% overall, including 13% rise for deaf people and 15% rise for those with dyslexia, compared to the previous Financial Year. In addition, provision was approved for record numbers of young people (up 26%), people with learning disabilities (up 25%) and people with mental health conditions (up 37%).

As part of the on-going campaign, we are targeting key influencers such as employers and health professionals, as well as claimants. We work with stakeholders and advisory groups to raise awareness of Access to Work and have been working with Remploy to promote, and increase take up of the Mental Health Support Service. In addition, our Jobcentre partnership managers continue to engage with local stakeholders and partners to promote the support available. Access to Work is also promoted to a range of business leaders through the Disability Confident scheme.

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