Access to Work funds individuals and not organisations. The information requested is not available. However, the Access to Work spend for all customers is in the following table.
Spend in £ 2002-03 5,125,978 2003-04 4,859,918 2004-05 5,007,797 2005-06 4,193,397
Spend in £
(2) how he plans to extend the Access to Work scheme.
Access to Work spend has increased from £14.6 million in 1997-98 to £59.5 million in 2004-05. DWP has allocated £62 million in 2006-07 for Access to Work, and this programme is now helping some 32,000 disabled people to move into or retain jobs they might otherwise lose because of their disability.
No decisions on funding have been made beyond 2006-07.
Last month I asked Jobcentre Plus to withdraw Access to Work funding in respect of people directly employed by Government Departments. The Departments will still be able to use Access to Work expertise in determining appropriate workplace adjustments, however, the adjustments will be funded from their own resources. This decision will take effect from October 2006 and is in line with practice in my Department since 2003 and with the recommendations of the Prime Minister’s strategy unit report ‘Improving the Life Chances of Disabled People’.
The savings realised by this change will be re-invested in the programme, and, as a result of this change, support for disabled people will be more greatly focused towards those disabled people who work for small and medium sized employers.