Thousands of disabled people in London are missing out on money from a £320 million fund set up to help them get a job.
Officials say there are 740,000 disabled people of working age in London, many of whom would be eligible for a grant of £3,200 from the Access to Work scheme. But only around 3,000 people are currently claiming the money.
Mike Penning, minister for disability issues, believes many people are not aware the fund is there. He said: “I would urge more disabled people across the capital to make use of the support available to help them to get or stay in a job.”
The employment rate for disabled people has risen from 44.5 per cent in 2002 to 48.9 per cent last year. But there remains a gap of almost 30 per cent between the rates for disabled and non-disabled people.
Anyone interested in applying for support can search “Access to Work” at www.gov.uk
Source: London Evening Standard – http://www.standard.co.uk/news/politics/disabled-are-missing-out-on-320m-fund-to-help-find-jobs-8901621.html
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