08 Mar Access to work campaigner interviewed by the BBC
DPG client David Buxton, Deaf campaigner and CEO of Action on Disability has been interviewed by BBC See Hear in connection with the Access to Work cap. Access to Work is a scheme aimed at helping deaf and disabled people in work. Awards are now subject to a cap, which will apply to all from April 2018 and has already been introduced for some, such as Mr Buxton, whose support needs increased during the transition period. As a result of the cap, Mr Buxton is without BSL interpreters 2 days a week and cannot communicate with his colleagues. The cap will affect approximately 200 recipients, the vast majority of whom are Deaf BSL users. Mr Buxton issued proceedings in the High Court and was granted permission to go ahead. The case has now been listed for a substantive hearing on 26 and 27 June 2018 and will argue that the cap breached the public sector equality duty and is indirectly discriminatory. You can watch the interview here.