Story by John Pring in the Disability News Service.
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has caused confusion after refusing to confirm what appeared to be a huge increase in funding for the programme that supports disabled people in the workplace.
The spending review, published last Wednesday, included the announcement of a “real terms” increase in spending on the Access to Work (AtW) scheme, which the government said would help “a further 25,000 disabled people each year to remain in work”.
If this was accurate, it could see the numbers helped through the scheme – often described as the government’s “best-kept secret” – increasing from about 37,000 to more than 60,000 a year.
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