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Inquiry status: concluded. Report and correspondence regarding government response published.
In 2011 the coalition Government commissioned Liz Sayce to conduct an independent review of employment support for disabled people. The Sayce review (PDF 1.47MB) highlighted the effectiveness of Access to Work (AtW) but found a lack of awareness about the programme, particularly amongst smaller employers and people with mental health conditions and learning disabilities. Liz Sayce recommended that the Department for Work and Pensions “transform [AtW] from Government’s best-kept secret to a recognised passport to successful employment”. The Government has since taken some steps to increase the reach of AtW, for example through increased marketing of the scheme to employers, and extending it to cover a broader range of work experience, traineeship and apprenticeship placements.
Report to be published on Monday 14 September
Mark Harper MP, the Minister for Disabled People has written to the Committee Chair regarding the Government's overdue response to the Access to Work Report
Work and Pensions Committee announces publication of report, Improving Access to Work for disabled people
Work and Pensions Committee publishes report on Access to Work programme
Work and Pensions Committee hears evidence from Mark Harper on Wednesday 29 October 2014
Committee announce evidence session with employers incorporating the Access to Work scheme
Users of disability support scheme ‘Access to Work’ give evidence to the Work and Pensions Committee
Committee hears from Liz Sayce and Mike Adams on Access to Work
Committee issues call for evidence in British Sign Language
Work and Pensions Committee issues terms of reference and call for evidence for its inquiry into Employment support for disabled people: Access to Work in EasyRead format, with extended deadline for those who need more time to submit written evidence.
The Work and Pensions Committee has decided to inquire into employment support for disabled people.
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