By Lea Pachta

The government’s new approach to supporting disabled people at work could make it easier for employers to make the most of the talents of disabled people, according to Employers’ Forum on Disability (EFD).

The coalition government today published its programme for government, which will see the reform of the Access to Work (AtW) programme so that disabled applicants can apply for jobs with funding already secured.

Delivered by JobCentre Plus, AtW provides practical advice and support to disabled people and their employers to help remove barriers to finding and keeping a job.

Susan Scott-Parker, chief executive of EFD, said: “This change of approach in Access to Work could be good news for both disabled employees and employers.

“Any plans to reduce unemployment need to consider the needs of disabled people, who are more than twice as likely as non-disabled people to be out of work and claiming benefits.

“This proposed change to Access to Work should give employers more confidence in recruiting disabled people, as well as giving disabled jobseekers more confidence when applying for work.

“Both parties will know that the right workplace support is available, making it easier for disabled people to demonstrate their skills.

“We look forward to working with our members and government partners to help ensure the Access to Work programme remains a success for both disabled people and employers.”

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