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Grant To Support Disabled People In The Workplace Rises By Over A Third

Hundreds of disabled employees are to benefit from a £15,000 rise on Access to Work grants

Department for Works & Pensions

Department for Works & Pensions

Hundreds of disabled employees are to benefit from a £15,000 rise in Access to Work grants to assist them at work, following new measures introduced in Parliament today (20 March 2018).

From April 2018, people will be able to claim up to £57,200 annually to help pay for additional support that they may need in the workplace – approximately £15,000 more than the current cap of £42,100.

Access to Work provides financial support to ensure someone’s disability or health condition doesn’t hold them back at work, and can cover workplace adaptations, assistive technology, transport and interpreters.

Increasing the amount people can receive annually will ensure that more disabled people, particularly from the deaf community, are able to benefit from the grant and achieve their career aspirations.

The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Esther McVey, said:

We believe that disabled people should have every opportunity to thrive in the workplace, and the tailored support of Access to Work caters to every individual’s unique needs.

By extending this grant we’re ensuring that many more disabled people can reach their career potential, which is a key part of our commitment to getting one million more disabled people in work by 2027.

The UK Council on Deafness said:

We are pleased to see that the Department for Work and Pensions has decided to significantly raise the Access to Work cap.

This will help deaf people whose first language is British Sign Language (BSL) to access the communication support so vital to enabling them to thrive and succeed in the workplace.

Access to Work is part of a range of support available to ensure that disabled people can enter, and thrive in, the workplace. This includes supported work experience placements, the government’s Disability Confident scheme and personalised support package. These are all part of the government’s ambitious plan to see a million more disabled people in work by 2027.

More Information

Read more about Access to Work

The new cap will take effect from 1 April 2018.

As we continually seek to improve Access to Work, we will introduce the following measures:

  • discretion in exceptional cases of multiple disability, to consider award limits averaged over a longer period – for example, where a customer’s ongoing need for a support worker may be below the cap but when coupled with a periodic need for say a wheelchair, would exceed the cap in that year
  • introduction of managed personal budgets to enable greater choice and control for customers in the way grants are spent
  • taking applications 12 weeks ahead of a job start date rather than the current 6 weeks to allow more time for support to be agreed and put in place
  • continuing to invest in our digital improvements such as developing the facility to submit invoices online
  • allowing more flexibility in how people can use Access to Work to support short periods of work experience where there is a likelihood of a paid job in the near future

Human Rights Council 37: Rights Of Persons With Disabilities

This UK statement was written for 37th Session of the Human Rights Council during the Annual Debate on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities on access to justice, held on 7 March 2018

The Human Rights Council takes place at the Palais des Nations in Geneva

The Human Rights Council takes place at the Palais des Nations in Geneva

The UK is committed to a rights-based approach to disability inclusion and to implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. We recognise the importance of access to justice for persons with disabilities, in line with Article 13 of the Convention and Goal 16 of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Both domestically and internationally, we are fighting the appalling levels of stigma and discrimination that people with disabilities face, improving data and evidence, increasing action and investment, and rallying others to this important cause. We do this through things like the Disability Catalyst Programme and the Disability Rights Fund.

On the 24th July 2018, we will host a Global Disability Summit alongside the International Disability Alliance and the Government of Kenya, to increase action and investment, lock in progress and share best practice on disability inclusion.

What does the panel consider the most pressing of challenges facing States in improving access to justice of persons with disabilities?

People With Hidden Disabilities Could Enjoy New Freedom With Blue Badge Changes

Consultation expanding the Blue Badge criteria released

Blue Badge

Blue Badge

People with hidden disabilities could soon have greater access to blue badges under new plans from Transport Minister Jesse Norman today (21 January 2018).

The proposals, which would herald the most significant changes since the blue badge was introduced in 1970, would help remove barriers to travel for people with conditions such as dementia and autism, allowing them better access to work, shops and amenities. This could also further help create parity between physical and mental health, and means everyone can take advantage of every opportunity.

Currently, about 2.4 million disabled people in England have a blue badge, allowing them to park on roads without charge and normally without time limit. Around 75% of blue badge holders say they would go out less often if they didn’t have one.

Transport Minister Jesse Norman said:

Blue badges give people with disabilities the freedom to get jobs, see friends or go to the shops with as much ease as possible.

We want to try to extend this to people with invisible disabilities, so they can enjoy the freedom to get out and about, where and when they want.

The changes could also see a variety of healthcare professionals, who are better placed to identify if mental health causes mobility issues, carry out assessments to determine if a blue badge should be given.

Sarah Lambert, Head of Policy at the National Autistic Society, said:

The National Autistic Society welcomes this government proposal. It could mean that many more autistic people will qualify for a Blue Badge, which can be a lifeline.

There are an estimated 700,000 autistic people in the UK and whilst every person on the autism spectrum is different, for some, not being able to park in a predictable place close to a destination can cause a great deal of anxiety and put their safety at risk. Some autistic people can experience too much information from the environment around them on public transport, while other autistic people might not be aware of dangers on the road.

However, current Blue Badge rules mean that all-too-often autistic people don’t qualify. The National Autistic Society has raised this issue with government over recent years and we are pleased to see they have listened to the concerns of autistic people and their families. We hope the government will make this important change and we look forward to working with them to make sure that autistic people and their families benefit.

Councils have different interpretations of the existing rules with some recognising hidden disabilities, but the changes proposed would give a clear and consistent guidelines for the whole of England.

Democracy, Human Rights, And Labor: International Day Of Persons With Disabilities

International Day Of Persons With Disabilities

International Day Of Persons With Disabilities

The opportunity for everyone in America to enjoy equal rights in political, social, economic, and cultural life is central to our success as a nation. Passage of the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act recognized that persons with disabilities have the same rights as other persons to full and equal participation in society.

Promoting and protecting the human rights and fundamental freedoms of persons with disabilities globally is a foreign policy priority of the Trump Administration. The Department of State works with foreign governments to promote inclusive policies; oppose discrimination everywhere in all its forms; assist foreign governments to develop and implement laws; support civil society; and encourage the private sector and governments to employ persons with disabilities.

On this International Day of Persons with Disabilities, we affirm our commitment to advance empowerment, dignity, and equal rights for persons with disabilities. We reiterate that all people, in every country, deserve full and equal access to all spheres of society.