Access To Work

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SITE participated, along with other disability charities, at a recent discussion on concerns about Access to Work (ATW) as; service providers, services users, managers and employers.

This kind of forum is invaluable to allow us to find common ground and help identify solutions to ensure this fantastic service continues to provide much needed support to enable disabled people to work successfully.

ATW is a powerful programme which enables disabled people to gain and retain employment and given a recent policy paper setting out plans to transform employment prospects for disabled people and those with long term health conditions over the next 10 years it is vitally important we seek to ensure issues are considered and acted upon.

It is fair to state that many applicants have found the service difficult to navigate and were either not receiving the level of service they need or are relying on third parties to help with applications.
In order that we can provide relevant information to the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) on the experiences of people with sight loss accessing ATW SITE would welcome any comments on, for example, such areas as:
• Access to a named person and contact number at the ATW team
• Clear understanding of award
• End of award notification.
• Accessible documents,
• Clear guidelines for employers on their duty under Equality Act on the provision of equipment/support that has been agreed through ATW.
• Notification to users on change of process or procedures to limit delays to claims.,
• Self-employment and entitlement.

We, therefore, are seeking comments from our members on experiences, either good or bad, in order we can reflect accurately current issues and flag such to the DWP.

Please send us your comments by email to by Monday 15 January 2018.


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