Browsing All posts tagged under »access to work«

Charlie Swinbourne: Whoever wins the election needs to stop the DWP bullying deaf employees

May 7, 2015


Today is the day all of us – deaf included – have the chance to go to the polls to elect the next government of this country. I’m not going to say who I’m voting for here, but I’ll tell you who I’m not voting for, and that’s the Conservative Party. Frankly, so many of their […]

“If the need is there, why not support?” Former adviser talks about changes to Access to Work

February 13, 2015


The Access to Work scheme, which gives support to deaf and disabled employees at work, has been in crisis, with many recipients losing support they depend on. Recently, a former Access to Work adviser started commenting on a few posts on this site. We struck up a dialogue with him and asked him for an […]

Joanna Wootten: Why I love Access to Work

December 16, 2014


In the last few years, it’s been a brilliant time to be deaf. Technology has emancipated us – the internet, subtitles, skype, SMS and emails have all helped us to participate in the world. More and more deaf people have gone to university, got good jobs, and are flourishing. It’s been OK to be deaf […]

Deaf News: Human rights lawyers challenge Iain Duncan Smith to publish criteria applied to Access to Work applications

December 4, 2014


Human rights lawyers at law firm Leigh Day have sent a pre-action letter to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Iain Duncan Smith. This letter asks the DWP to publish a document explaining the rules that need to be followed when people apply for Access to Work funding. The letter has been sent […]

Jen Dodds: Should Access to Work’s treatment of Deaf people be seen as ‘epistemic injustice’? (BSL)

November 7, 2014


I’ve really had enough of Access to Work. My friends seem to be having constant problems with it, and I know that other deaf and disabled people are too. It’s so disturbing how people keep getting badly treated and put down, over and over again. To watch this article in BSL, click play below. Common […]

“We were looking at how to possibly catch you out or restrict you.” Access to Work adviser talks to BBC News

October 31, 2014


A BBC News report, aired on Wednesday evening, has shown an anonymous Access to Work adviser talking of a “culture shift” at the scheme in 2011, saying: We were checking rather than supporting, we weren’t asking how can we help you? We were looking at how to possibly even try to catch you out or […]

Deaf News: UK Council on Deafness welcomes commitment to improving Access to Work from Minister for Disabled People

October 30, 2014


Here’s a press release from the UK Council on Deafness, which was released moments ago on the BDA Facebook page. In it, it is stated that the Minister for Disabled People, Mark Harper has admitted that changes to the ATW scheme had been “handled badly,” while the management of the costs of the scheme had […]