Helping disabled people into work

The Government has announced more support for small businesses to pay for specialised equipment and cover the other costs facing disabled people in the workplace. Businesses with less than 49 employees will no longer pay towards these costs, saving them up to £2,300 for every employee who uses the Access to Work fund.

As part of the package of measures, disabled jobseekers who want to set up their own business using the New Enterprise Allowance will now be eligible for Access to Work funding from day one of claiming Jobseekers Allowance.

Greg Hands M.P. commented: “Under this Government, the number of disabled people in work has steadily increased. There are now 123,000 more disabled people in work than before the election.

“This is fantastic progress, but we need to do more. That’s why this announcement is so welcome. We are breaking down the barriers facing disabled people who want to work.”