Stat of the day: Latest Access to Work statistics

By Angela Matthews

An ‘at a glance’ analysis of the latest Access to Work figures shows that an additional 4,260 people have been supported in work since October 2013.

Access to Work figures are not given for each quarter separately; instead, figures for each quarter are added to which means we get a bigger figure with each release. We can gauge trends by looking at the increases (as per the last column, “activity”). I have compared this morning’s release with that of October last year.

Types of conditions supported

We might not be surprised that support given for back/neck conditions and dyslexia are accelerating the most. Difficulties with speech and Spina Bifida are increasing the least.

There have been no further applications for support for stomach/liver/kidney/digestion or skin/disfigurement since October.

Condition

October

2013

January

2014

Activity

Missing or unknown

0

0

0

Arms or hands

810

1,090

+280

Legs or feet

1,680

2,040

+360

Back or neck

1,790

2,580

+790

Stomach, liver, kidney or digestion

80

80

0

Heart, blood, blood pressure, or circulation

180

220

+40

Chest or breathing

110

130

+20

Skin conditions and severe disfigurement

10

10

0

Difficulty in hearing

4,240

4,740

+500

Difficulty in seeing

3,940

4,330

+390

Difficulty in speaking

50

60

+10

Learning disability

1,320

1,460

+140

Progressive illness

1,470

1,650

+180

Dyslexia

2,350

3,000

+650

Epilepsy

880

980

+100

Diabetes

120

150

+30

Mental health conditions

670

870

+200

Cerebral Palsy

360

400

+40

Spina Bifida

80

90

+10

Other

2,640

3,140

+500

TOTAL

22,760

27,020

+4,260

Types of support

Assessments by themselves are increasingly popular, as is the provision of a support worker. Aids and equipment are also a high contender.

Type of adjustment

October 2013

January 2014

Activity

Adaptation to premises

20

30

+10

Adaptation to vehicles

60

110

+50

Communication support at interview

100

180

+80

Miscellaneous

20

30

+10

Miscellaneous with cost share

10

10

0

Travel in work

970

1,030

+60

Special aids and equipment

1,250

2,680

+1,430

Support worker

10,680

12,090

+1,640

Travel to work

10,450

11,300

+850

Access to Work Assessment

2,170

4,410

+2,240

TOTAL

25,710

31,860

+6,150

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