In March 2012, the Government published its response to the Sayce Review into employment services for disabled people.
In its response, the Government:
- welcomed the Sayce Review which made a large number of recommendations about how we can deliver more effective specialist disability employment programmes to help more disabled people move into and keep work.
- supported the central theme that resources should be directed towards disabled people themselves, giving them maximum choice and control in the services they receive.
- accepted all of the recommendations on Access to Work — specifically that it is highly cost effective, should be made more widely available and funding should be increased as resources are released from the reform of less effective programmes.
- accepted the recommendations on Remploy — the Government will reduce its current subsidy to Remploy from the beginning of the new financial year so that it ceases funding factories which make significant losses year after year and restrict funding to factories which might have a prospect of a viable future without Government subsidy.
The Government also announced that an extra £15m is available for Access to Work in this Spending Review period. And with other efficiencies this will help a further 8,000 disabled people to either enter work or retain their job.
The Sayce Review
‘Getting in, staying in and getting on: Disability employment support fit for the future’ was published on 9 June 2011. The review by RADAR Chief Executive Liz Sayce was commissioned by the Minister for Disabled People, Maria Miller.
The Sayce review recommends changes to Government policy to support disabled people to work in any role in any sector – rather than in segregated employment.
It recommends doubling the numbers of people able to use Access to Work – which gives financial help for support workers, interpreters, equipment and other practical support to enable disabled people to keep and get jobs.
The review recommends raising the overall numbers securing specialist disability support to 100,000 within existing resources, with further expansion longer-term.
Click here for details of the Sayce Review and the Government’s response