The Government has been criticised for setting a cap on the amount of Access to Work support people with disabilities can receive.
The new cap, announced yesterday, is likely to have a disproportionate effect on deaf people who require communication support.
The announcement stated:
As of October 2015, Access to Work will provide awards up to a limit set at one and half times average salary (a limit of £40,800 per person per year at October 2015).
Responding to the announcement, Susan Daniels, CEO for the National Deaf Children’s Society said:
“The cap on Access to Work represents a potential cap on the aspirations of deaf young people, who have no control over the market costs for the vital communication support they need.
It is especially disappointing as there is much to be welcomed in other parts of the Minister’s announcement, such as commitments to more choice and better customer service.
We want to see a full analysis of the impact this change is expected to have on disabled people. We believe the benefits of Access to Work heavily outweigh the costs and we strongly urge the Government to reconsider the impact of this decision.”
Read the government’s announcement in full here: http://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/written-questions-answers-statements/written-statement/Commons/2015-03-12/HCWS372/
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