Disability charity responds to the Queen’s Speech

National deafblind charity Sense has said new bill should consider disabled people.

Responding to today's (27 May) speech and the Full Employment and Welfare Benefits Bill which was announced, Richard Kramer, Deputy Chief Executive at Sense, said "We welcome the aim of full employment and an increase in apprenticeships. However, this needs to include the thousands of working age disabled people who want to work but struggle to find a job. “The Government must ensure that the Access to Work scheme supports all those who need it. A recent impact assessment on the proposal to cap Access to Work payments indicated that almost all those who will be affected have a sensory impairment; the impact could see employers less likely to consider employing them. “We welcome the fact that the proposed freeze on benefits does not include disability benefits. It is important to understand that benefits such as the Disability Living Allowance are intended to compensate for the significant additional costs of disability. For instance, a deafblind person may need to purchase expensive equipment to enable them to communicate and use a computer. “Benefits are important for disabled people to support them to live with dignity and to lead independent lives, and are positive for society if we want disabled people to be active and part of their local community.”
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