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Deaf News: Unions and ATW campaign hit out at reported government plans to privatise Access to Work scheme

February 5, 2016


In a move that is sure to worry Deaf people who use the Access to Work scheme, which gives Deaf and disabled people support in the workplace, The Mirror has reported today that Iain Duncan Smith has spent £200,000 drawing up plans for the scheme to be privatised. Duncan Smith’s track record has been heavily criticised over the […]

Deaf News: MP accuses government of making Access to Work cuts without knowing full financial implications

July 13, 2015


Steve McCabe, the MP for Birmingham Selly Oak, has criticised the Government for making cuts to the Access to Work programme without knowing the full impact of the scheme on the economy. McCabe, of the Labour party, has been challenging the Government’s changes, specifically the introduction of a cap on Access to Work support, in Parliament […]

Deaf campaigners express shock and disgust as Disability Minister boasts £3 million of Access to Work budget was UNSPENT

June 25, 2015


Deaf campaigners against cuts to Access to Work, which offers support for Deaf and disabled people at work, have expressed their shock and disgust at the news that £3 million of the budget for 2014/15 was left unspent. As this site has repeatedly reported, during the last 2 years, Deaf people in work have suffered […]

Deaf News: Sign language interpreters convicted of £1million Access to Work fraud

June 5, 2015


In the latest case concerning Access to Work fraud to go through the courts, a couple from Derby who were sign language interpreters and ran their own agency, have been convicted of a £1million fraud. Extract from the Daily Mail: A couple have been convicted of a £1million fraud which included claiming for work helping […]

Deaf News: UK Council on Deafness welcomes Access to Work research but remains concerned about cap on awards

June 4, 2015


The UK Council on Deafness welcomes the Department for Work and Pensions’ desire to establish the return on investment delivered by Access to Work. The need for research was identified in the equality analysis for the future of Access to Work. It said, “establishing the return on investment delivered by Access to Work will build […]

Charlie Swinbourne: The DWP’s own analysis shows how their Access to Work cap directly threatens deaf careers

May 14, 2015


Many deaf people woke up feeling pretty down on Friday morning with the news that the Conservatives – and around £12 billion of welfare cuts – had taken power. But it didn’t take long for us to feel even worse. I wrote on Thursday morning that the next government needed to stop the DWP from bullying […]

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 […]