Figures released by the Government that show a large increase in the number of disabled people taking advantage of support to get or keep a job, have been welcomed by Remploy.
The Department for Work and Pensions said almost 10,000 new people claimed support from Access to Work
last year, with more than 31,000 now receiving help from the Government-funded scheme.
Access to Work provides financial support towards the extra costs faced by disabled people at work, such as specialist aids and equipment and the cost of travelling to work.
Beth Carruthers, Remploy’s chief executive said: “These figures are very encouraging and underpin the Government’s welcome commitment to raising awareness of a scheme that, through funding workplace adjustments, has the potential to significantly boost the number of disabled people in work.”
Last year Remploy found more than 17,500 jobs for disabled and disadvantaged people through its partnerships with more than 2,500 employers, including Asda, Marks & Spencer, Royal Mail and Sainsbury’s.
It also delivers the Government’s flagship Workplace Mental Health Support Service (WMHSS), which is part of the Access to Work scheme. Since it started delivering the nationwide service in 2012, Remploy has helped more than 2,300 people who were at risk of losing their jobs because of their mental health conditions. Ninety per cent of clients who completed the scheme are still in work.
Ms Carruthers added: “I’m hugely encouraged by the success rate of WMHSS, which is a shining example of how Access to Work
is helping people stay in work and off benefits.
“Remploy is driven by the fundamental belief that every disabled person can, with appropriate support and specialist advice, secure sustainable employment.
“The employers we work with share our belief and understand that employing disabled people can deliver real social and economic value for businesses. For those who still believe it is simply too difficult, our aim is to help them remove barriers, increase understanding and ensure that disabled people have the opportunities to fulfil their potential and realise aspirations.”
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Notes to Editors:
- In the last four years Remploy has found more than 50,000 jobs in mainstream employment for people with a range of physical, sensory and mental disabilities and other disadvantages.
- Remploy is driven by the fundamental belief that every disabled person can, with appropriate support and specialist advice, secure sustainable employment
- Remploy has an increasing focus on providing specialist disability employment services to people with mental health conditions or learning disabilities
- It continues to invest in developing innovative approaches and services for employers which are cost effective and business efficient including consultancy and vocational rehabilitation services
- Remploy partners with more than 2,500 of the country's biggest employers including BT, Asda, Royal Mail, Sainsbury's, the NHS and Marks & Spencer
- It operates a national network of more than 60 town and city centre recruitment branches and offices providing specialist recruitment and development services to job seekers