Deaf News: Access to Work 30 Hour rule suspended by government pending review

The Minister for Disabled People, Mike Penning MP, has today announced a review of the impact of Access to Work on deaf people. The three month review will take place over the summer and involve key organisations working with and for deaf people.

The announcement follows the launch of the Work and Pensions Select Committee’s general inquiry into Access to Work. The idea for the review was developed by the UK Council on Deafness and presented to the Minister by Stephen Lloyd MP, chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Deafness.

In a meeting with representatives of the UK Council on Deafness, the Minister also suspended the rule that has restricted deaf people’s access to communication support such as sign language interpreters.

The ’30 hour rule’ will not be applied to any new claims to Access to Work during the review. And anyone whose support was reduced due to the application of the rule can have it reviewed.

Describing it as “the arbitrary rule on 30 hours”, the Minister said he was not comfortable with it after UK Council on Deafness members and his constituents had told him about deaf people beginning to lose their jobs.

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Recommend to have these interpreters, felt that they are helpful and friendly. Would use this service again.