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Record amounts being spent on disability equipment in the workplace

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Record amounts of money are being spent on installing specialist equipment in the workplace to grant disabled employees better access at work.

More people than ever are being supported by the Access to Work scheme, with new figures revealing that 36,000 people received the grant last year.

Spending on the Access to Work scheme is up to record levels, with £129 million spent last year.

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Access to Work is a government-run scheme that aims to remove workplace barriers for disabled people by paying for adjustments such as specialist equipment.

People can receive almost £60,000 a year through the scheme, which is more than double the average annual salary and an increase of 40% in just two years.

Minister for Disabled People Justin Tomlinson said:  “Having a disability or health condition must not be a barrier to enjoying a fulfilling career – and the support available means there’s no excuse for employers who refuse to be inclusive.

“Access to Work removes the obstacles facing disabled people in the workplace, helping to level the playing field and ensure businesses don’t see employing disabled people as a burden.

“With more disabled people than ever before supported through Access to Work, thousands more employers across the country are benefitting from the skills disabled people bring to the workplace.”

Access to Work is part of a wider government drive to create more job opportunities for disabled people, with nearly 950,000 more disabled people in work compared to five years ago.

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