Yesterday, Stephen hosted a report launch for the charity Versus Arthritis. The new report – entitled ‘Working it out’ - explores individuals’ experiences of the Access to Work scheme and the charity’s recommendations for improving it.
The event was an opportunity for MPs to hear first-hand from people with arthritis about the difficulties they have had with the scheme. Copies of the new report were also available, detailing the recommendations produced by Versus Arthritis. These include giving people access to the right equipment to support them in their role and to claim travel costs easily, improving communication with the scheme and having a more responsive review process that recognises the changing needs of those suffering from the condition.
Speaking after the event, Stephen said: “With a new Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work in place and a spending review expected imminently, the coming months are the perfect time to raise awareness in Parliament of how vital the Access to Work Scheme can be for people with arthritis. Unfortunately, in too many cases the Scheme has been failing some of the most vulnerable. I support the recommendations of this new report and I call on the new Minister to address these issues without delay.”