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BSL version:

Dear Friend

I am writing to ask for your support. Please click here to sign the 38 degrees campaign to “Stop Changes to Access to Work”.

We’ve had a great response so far – but we need even more signatures to make an impact and highlight the how many people support our campaign. Please share and get you friends, families and colleagues to further support us about this vitally important cause.

Access to Work (AtW) scheme has assisted Deaf people in the workplace by providing BSL interpreters and the communication support that they need to perform their everyday roles. Similarly, disabled people are able to access the support they need be this specialist equipment or support workers. The scheme has no cost to the taxpayer – the revenue generated from a deaf person being in active employment exceeds the cost of AtW to the taxpayer.

However, changes to AtW mean that caps are being introduced. This will limit the amount of support that Deaf or disabled people are able to receive. It is targeting Deaf and disabled people who happen to have high support needs. Those who need it most.

AtW and Department of Work and Pensions have been unwilling to resolve or engage with us on this important issue despite a damning report by the Work and Pensions Select Committee. With your backing, we hope we can bring this to the attention of Iain Duncan Smith, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions; and Justin Tomlinson, Minister for Disabled people.

We need to be given the opportunity to explain why the changes are unreasonable, unworkable and expensive – it’s better for people to be employment than not, as Ian Duncan Smith repeatedly points out. This issue cannot be ignored and we need your support and people from the Deaf, disabled people and interpreting communities to meet them and present our petition.
What we are asking for:

· That AtW and the DWP listen to the people they are meant to support and not to hide behind policy and bureaucracy.

· Deaf and disabled people to be supported to be productive employees and employers, with the flexibility to meet the demands of their work, through sufficient funding to access appropriate support.

This urgent campaign is being led by a group of Deaf Professionals, disability campaigners and experienced interpreters. We need your support and need it now.

For further updates on the campaign, please follow us on @stopchanges2atw and like our Facebook page – Stop Changes to Access to Work, or go to our website: stopchanges2atw.átcom

Thank you for your continued support!

Stop Changes to Access to Work.

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