The government’s decision to loosen its restrictions on Access to Work (AtW) payments does not go far enough, and its “discriminatory” cap must be scrapped completely, according to disabled campaigners.
They spoke out after a partial U-turn on the AtW cap by work and pensions secretary Esther McVey.
The cap was first introduced in October 2015, and currently limits the annual support that individuals can be awarded under the scheme to £42,100 a year, or one-and-a-half times the average annual salary.
But McVey announced this week that the cap would now be increased to double the level of average earnings from next month.
This means that it will rise to £57,200 rather than £43,100.