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Government pledge £1.1bn to fund people with disabilities

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The Government has pledged to spend over £1.1billion helping people with disabilities into employment and an extra £156m into health and disability support which will provide additional work coaches over the next three years.

On top of that the Work and Health Programme will continue to offer personal support matching disabled people to jobs and the Access to Work service will go on to cover the cost of adapted workplaces, special equipment and travel.

Another perk will see the National Living Wage increase from £8.91 per hour to £9.50 per hour from April 2022 for people aged over 23.

There will also be over £6billion worth of funding the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) over the next three years as well as targeted additional support for groups requiring more help to start work and progress.

The news means a percentage of people will be eligible for:

Industrial Injuries Benefit if you’re disabled as a result of work

Constant Attendance Allowance if you need daily care and attention because of a disability

And disabled people can still apply for:

Exemption from paying vehicle tax

Parking benefits - Blue Badge Scheme

Disabled persons bus pass

Disabled Persons Railcard

Help to buy or lease a car from The Motability Scheme

Disabled people may also be able eligible for an Access to Work grant to cover the cost of:

Special equipment, adaptations or support worker services to help you do things like answer the phone or go to meetings

Help getting to and from work

Mental health support

Communication support at a job interview - for example, a British Sign Language interpreter or a lipspeaker

For more information please visit the GOV.UK website.