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Employment support for disabled people: Access to Work


In 2011 the coalition Government commissioned Liz Sayce to conduct an independent review of employment support for disabled people. The Sayce review (PDF 1.47MB) highlighted the effectiveness of Access to Work (AtW) but found a lack of awareness about the programme, particularly amongst smaller employers and people with mental health conditions and learning disabilities. Liz Sayce recommended that the Department for Work and Pensions “transform [AtW] from Government’s best-kept secret to a recognised passport to successful employment”.

The Government has since taken some steps to increase the reach of AtW, for example through increased marketing of the scheme to employers, and extending it to cover a broader range of work experience, traineeship and apprenticeship placements.