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Ministerial statement about changes to Access to Work

Mr Mark Harper MP, (The Minister for Disable People), has today submitted a written statement on Access to Work to which UK Council on Deafness will be responding. Access to Work :  Written statement – HCWS372Department for Work and PensionsMade on: 12 March 2015 by Mr Mark Harper MP Statement: Access to Work plays a key […]

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Ministerial statement about changes to Access to Work

Mr Mark Harper MP, (The Minister for Disable People), has today submitted a written statement on Access to Work to which UK Council on Deafness will be responding. Access to Work :  Written statement – HCWS372 Department for Work and Pensions Made on: 12 March 2015 by Mr Mark Harper MP Statement: Access to Work plays […]

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UK Council on Deafness welcomes Work and Pensions Committee focus on impact of Access to Work changes on deaf people

The UK Council on Deafness has welcomed the Work and Pensions Committee’s focus on the problems deaf people have faced due to the way Access to Work has been operating. The report of the Committee’s inquiry into the scheme, published this morning, specifically mentions how the application of the ’30 hour rule’ has threatened the […]

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UK Council on Deafness welcomes changes to Access to Work

The UK Council on Deafness has welcomed the Minister for Disabled People’s announcement of immediate changes to Access to Work. David Buxton, chair of the UK Council on Deafness Access to Work group and chief executive of the British Deaf Association, said: “In particular, we are glad people will soon be able to contact Access […]

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Work and Pensions Committee announces publication of report, Improving Access to Work for disabled people

The Work and Pensions Committee will publish its report, Improving Access to Work for disabled people, at 00.01 am on Friday 19 December. It will be available under embargo to the media and witnesses only on the morning of Thursday 18 December. Alternate formats The Report’s Summary will be published in Easy Read and as […]

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Vision for Access to Work

This statement sets out our vision for the Access to Work scheme. It is the basis for continued discussions with the Minister for Disabled People and the Department for Work and Pensions. Our vision Over one third of deaf (deaf, Deaf, deafblind, deafened or hard of hearing) people are of working age (16-64)[1]. They can […]

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UK Council on Deafness welcomes Minister’s commitment to improve Access to Work

The UK Council on Deafness has today welcomed the Minister for Disabled People’s commitment to improving the Access to Work scheme. In his evidence to the Work and Pensions Committee inquiry into Access to Work, the Minister admitted recent changes to management of the scheme had been handled badly. He said efforts to manage the […]

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Access to Work inquiry receives almost 300 responses – and mainly from deaf people and organisations

The Work and Pensions Committee has received almost 300 written submissions to its inquiry into Access to Work. According to the Committee, a large majority of those submissions came from deaf people and the organisations that work with and for them. And that’s before the extended deadlines for submissions in British Sign Language (BSL) and […]

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Minister for Disabled People announces review of impact of Access to Work on deaf people and suspends ’30 hour rule’

The Minister for Disabled People, Mike Penning MP, has today announced a review of the impact of Access to Work on deaf people. The three month review will take place over the summer and involve key organisations working with and for deaf people. The announcement follows the launch of the Work and Pensions Select Committee’s […]

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Restrictions on the level of support available

Restrictions on the level of support available It seemed there was a change in 2013 in the way Access to Work decided how much financial support a deaf or deafblind person could get for communication support. This change was from providing financial support for whatever interpreting service the person needed; to a £30,000 interpreter salary […]

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