The Shadow Minister for Social Security and South Scotland MSP, Michelle Ballantyne, has welcomed the UK Government’s decision to increase funding to provide support to disabled people with the greatest barriers to work.
From March 2019, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has announced that supported businesses will be given £5,000 per person each year through the UK Government’s ‘Access to Work’ programme.
In parallel to this, the Government will work with the Supported Business Alliance (SBA) and the British Association for Supported Employment (BASE) to develop a long term element to the Access to Work scheme.
Disabled people in East Lothian currently face significant challenges in trying to secure suitable jobs. I’m pleased to see that the UK Government recognises this and has granted further funding to help these people.
Many local businesses in East Lothian will want to take on more disabled people, but may be unable to afford the infrastructure required to accommodate this. The Government’s decision to increase funding will help businesses in doing so, and will help more people reach their fullest potential.
I would encourage businesses in East Lothian to sign up as “supported businesses” and to get involved. With over 2,000 people set to benefit from this across the country, it’s important that we continue to improve the working lives of all disadvantaged people in East Lothian and across Scotland.