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A Message from UK Council on Deafness Chair, Craig Crowley

For a number of years the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) has been seeking to reduce the expenditure of its Access to Work Programme in order to safeguard public resources. In 2015 the DWP set a budget cap of £43,100 (1.5 times average earnings) for an individual Deaf person using Sign Language Interpreters, which […]

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Press Release

We are pleased to see that the Department of 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. The increase in […]

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Meeting with Sarah Newton MP

Minister of State for Disabled People, Work and Health – Cap on Access to Work Awards The UK Council on Deafness and the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Deafness have held a positive meeting with the Minister for Disabled People, Sarah Newton MP, to discuss the cap on Access to Work awards.  The Minister […]

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Meeting with Sarah Newton, Minister for Disability

UKCoD and the APPG on Deafness will be meeting with Sarah Newton 29th January 2018 The APPG and UKCoD are meeting with Sarah Newton, the new Minister for Disabilityhttps://www.gov.uk/government/people/sarah-newton, on 29th January 2018 to discuss the cap to ATW awards. Jim Fitzpatrick (APPG Chair), Craig Crowley (UKCoD Chair, affected by the cap April ’18), Toby […]

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DWP piloting online access to Access to Work

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is looking for new deaf and deafblind applicants to help it pilot its online application system for Access to Work DWP believes deaf and deafblind people will particularly benefit from the new online service. They will appreciate UK Council on Deafness members advising new deaf applicants to email ATW.DIGITALFIRSTCONTACT@DWP.GSI.GOV.UK saying they want to […]

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Access to Work

Young disabled jobseekers on work experience will be able to access extra support to help them into mainstream placements for the first time. They will be given access to the Government’s successful Access to Work scheme, which provides more than £100m to help disabled people into mainstream work by providing specially adapted equipment, support workers […]

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