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Access to Work scheme becomes more accessible

The Access to Work scheme has been extended in scope, giving more support to a greater number of disabled people in the workplace or seeking employment.

The scheme provides funding towards extra costs disabled people face in work, such as specially adapted equipment, travel costs when public transport can't be used, or support workers.

For the first time, the extension makes the funding available to disabled people on traineeships, supported internships, work trials and in work academies.

Commentators welcomed the change, pointing to the impossible situation many young disabled people find themselves in, of needing work experience to get a job, but failing to get experience because funds aren't available to make appropriate adjustments in the workplace.

The Government said that last year Access to Work had helped 30,000 disabled people keep or find employment. It said that 45 per cent of people benefiting from Access to Work would be out of work without the scheme's support.

The Acas Equality and diversity advisory service can help your organisation assess the needs of disabled workers, evaluate what may be needed to make reasonable adjustments, and provide appropriate advice to keep you fully compliant.

Acas also runs practical training courses on issues surrounding Disability discrimination and can help your organisation improve its workplace diversity through courses in Equality, diversity and the Equality Act 2010 and Recruitment.

Visit the Acas Training and Business Solutions page for more information.

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