Call for evidence about Access to Work

The Commons Select Committee has announced that it intends to conduct an inquiry into the Department for Work and Pensions’ Access to Work scheme following the publication of the Sayce Review in 2011, and has therefore called for evidence to be submitted about:-

  • The AtW application and assessment processes, from the perspectives of employees and employers;
  • The adequacy of ongoing support, both in terms of the aids, adaptations and support workers provided through AtW, and the help and advice offered by DWP;
  • The effectiveness of AtW in supporting people with mental health conditions and learning disabilities;
  • AtW’s effectiveness in terms of helping disabled people to:
    • Secure a job;
    • Stay in employment; and
    • Develop their careers; and
  • The steps taken so far by DWP to extend AtW, including its marketing and funding of the scheme.

Submissions of no more than 3,000 words are invited from interested organisations and individuals, and can be submitted here by 20 June 2014.

We consider this is a rare opportunity for D/deaf people to make their experiences of the Access to Work scheme known to the Government, and strongly encourage anyone who has had negative experiences with Access to Work to submit evidence.

Law Wilks will be making a submission, and if you would like your evidence to be included, please email us at [email protected] by 6 June 2014.


Deaf, hubby to Rachel, dad to Corey, Libby and Emily, Solicitor, Lecturer in Legal Practice at University of South Wales, PhD student at University of Leicester.

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  1. 30 June 2014

    […] Parliament’s Commons Select Committee has now decided to extend the period for the submission of evidence in order to allow Deaf British Sign Language (“BSL”) users the opportunity to submit their evidence in BSL regarding Access to Work (see Call for evidence about Access to Work). […]

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