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Deaf News: Deaf couple and family appear in court charged with £800,000 Access to Work fraud

September 11, 2014

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Earlier today, we reported on how seven people are appearing in court charged with a £200,000 Access to Work fraud. Now, we can also report that a Deaf couple and their family have appeared in court charged with £800,000 Access to Work fraud. Extract from the Daily Mail: A deaf man and his family falsely […]

Deaf News: Seven people appear in court accused of £200k Access to Work fraud

September 11, 2014

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The Croydon Advertiser has reported that seven people have appeared in court accused of conspiring to fraudulently claim money from the government’s Access to Work fund. Among them is the former boss of the Dering recruitment agency, Stephen Dering, who is profoundly deaf. Extract: THE former boss of a specialist recruitment agency for deaf people […]

Emily Howlett: We need to stop thinking that government changes won’t affect us

August 21, 2014

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There are such a lot of insidious, barely noticeable changes happening right now that it’s pretty much impossible for anyone outside of Westminster to keep up. (Personally, I’m not even convinced anyone inside has managed to keep up.) There’s been a lot of talk about Access To Work recently. Facebook and Twitter keep flashing up […]

Darren Townsend-Handscomb: What’s happened to the Access to Work submissions, and advice on giving evidence in BSL

July 4, 2014

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In this article, I’ve written more information about what’s happened to people’s submissions, and I’ve written some important things to think about if you are still planning to send in evidence in English (18th July) or BSL (1st August). The Select Committee has received around 300 submissions.  We should feel really proud of this.  It’s […]

Deaf News: Record number of submissions made to parliamentary committee by deaf on Access to Work

July 3, 2014

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The Work and Pensions Committee has received almost 300 written submissions to its inquiry into Access to Work and that number is much higher than usual. In 2013, Third Sector reported a ‘record high’ of 186 submissions to a Public Administration Committee inquiry. According to the Committee, a large majority of those submissions came from deaf people and the […]

Deaf News: Access to Work inquiry evidence made available online

July 3, 2014

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The Work and Pensions Committee recently announced an inquiry into the Access to Work scheme, asking Deaf and disabled people to give evidence by 20th June about their experiences of receiving employment support. The inquiry is particularly interested in the application and assessment processes, whether the ongoing support is adequate and whether ATW is helping them […]

Access to Work inquiry sees sense and allows evidence in BSL

June 30, 2014

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Deaf people’s hopes of a positive outcome from the Work and Pensions committee’s inquiry into Access to Work have received a significant boost with the news that the inquiry will now accept evidence in British Sign Language. Deaf people who use BSL as their first language and rely on BSL interpreters at work have previously […]