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Businesses receive record amount in Access to Work grants for disabled employees

The government spent a record £129.1m on Access to Work scheme grants to help disabled people in the workplace last year, official figures have shown.

The figure marks a record high, and is a real-terms £15m increase on the levels of annual spending on the scheme since 2010.

The funding has provided a record 36,240 individuals with grants to pay for workplace adjustments such as specialist equipment, travel to work or sign language interpreters.

Rachel Suff, senior policy adviser at the CIPD, said the increase in spending should be applauded, but there was still more to be done.

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August 8, 2019

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