Department for Science, Innovation and Technology: Access to Work Programme

Department for Science, Innovation and Technology written question – answered at on 23 June 2023.

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Photo of Chris Stephens Chris Stephens Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Levelling Up)

To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, whether an Access to Work scheme has been implemented in their Department.

Photo of George Freeman George Freeman Minister of State (Department for Science, Innovation and Technology)

From 1st April 2022, criteria for the Access to Work scheme and assessments changed and government departments have not been eligible to receive support from Access to Work. The Department for Science, Innovation and Technology continues to support staff with requirements for reasonable adjustments due to disability or long-term health concern including for equipment, software and hardware, training, coaching and other reasonable adaptations. Specialist assessments are carried out as needed through the occupational health provider as per the flexible cross-government occupational health framework.

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