Employment campaigns news
The Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne delivered his final Budget before the General Election on 18 March, emphasising the need to put "economic security first", to ensure continued economic improvement, and a reduction in the deficit.
The Minister for Disabled People, Mark Harper MP, has published a statement outlining a number of changes to the Access to Work Scheme (ATW). From October 2015, the Government will provide awards up to a limit set at one and half times the average salary (a limit of £40,800 per person per year), this will be up rated in line with the level of average salaries.
We at RNIB strongly support the Access to Work scheme because it enables blind and partially sighted people of working age to become economically active and independent. On 19 December 2014, the Work and Pensions Select Committee released a report about how the Access to Work scheme is currently working, and how it can be improved.
On Tuesday 2 November, RNIB's Fazilet Hadi spoke to the Work and Pensions Select Committee on Employment support for disabled people: Access to Work.
The Work Capability Assessment (WCA) doesn't work for blind and partially sighted people. It acts as an unfair test as it fails to recognise the unique barriers sight loss presents to entering employment. Until it's fixed people will continue to fall therough the gaps and be wrongly assessed.