Template MP Letter
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Dear INSERT MPs NAME
I am writing to ask for your support as my constituent MP.
Access to Work (AtW) has provided Deaf people with access to the workplace by paying for BSL interpreters, note takers, etc. so that hearing and Deaf people can communicate with each other as equals. Likewise they have provided disabled people with specialist equipment of support workers. Through this Deaf and disabled people have been able to get, keep, and progress in all areas of work. Even better, this incurs no cost to the taxpayer, with income tax and NI from the disabled person and their support worker exceeding the cost of the AtW to the taxpayer.
However, AtW have now decided to introduce caps to the amount of support Deaf and Disabled people are able to receive. Those who happen to have the highest support costs will be capped. This is discriminating against those groups who require the most support.
The consequences are immediate:
– employers will be unwilling to recruit Deaf or disabled staff, as for each employee they would have to find additional funds to make up any shortfall in providing support.
– Deaf people are struggling with only sufficient funds to pay for interpreters for part of their working week, leaving them at real risk of losing their jobs.
As previous Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Iain Duncan Smith frequently pointed out, people are much cheaper to have in work than out, so we would like to ask why AtW and the DWP are ignoring the people they are meant to support.
Please look into this issue and present it to the following MPs on my behalf: David Gauke, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions and Penny Mordaunt, Minister of State for Disabled People, Health and Work.