STAFFORD’S MP has welcomed new Government funding to help disabled people in the workplace.
The Access to Work fund supports small businesses and disabled entrepreneurs by helping to pay for specialised equipment and other costs facing disabled people in work.
Mr Lefroy said: “The Government is determined that no one who wants work and is able to work should be prevented from doing so.
“We are making good progress, but we need to do more to ensure there are no barriers to employment based on disability,” he said. “That is why this announcement is so important. “We are breaking down the barriers facing disabled people who want to work”.
He said under the Coalition Government the number of disabled people in work had increased by around 123,000 from the figure prior to the 2010 election.
The scheme will see businesses with up to 49 employees no longer paying the costs faced by disabled people in the work place, saving up to £2,300 per employee using the fund as well as allowing disabled jobseekers using the New Enterprise Allowance access to the fund from day one of claiming jobseekers allowance.