Spending Review 2021
The budget is to be announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, on 27 October 2021. This budget, called the “Comprehensive Spending Review”, will announce the spending budget for Government departments for the last three years of the current Parliament.
In the weeks running up to the budget, we have been meeting with the Government’s Disability Unit to explain where we would like to see investment in disability related priorities, particularly since this budget will be announced within three months of the National Disability Strategy being published.
Our first proposal to the budget is on our Tech for Life model that we put forward on behalf of disabled people, assistive technology users, and our Technology Taskforce who helped map it. We first introduced the model during our research on assistive technology in education and employment. In this research, we found disabled people rarely get access to the assistive technologies that they need. This is greatly diminishing the options available to them in education, work, and public and social life.
Our “Technology for Life” proposal asks Treasury to invest in a model that ensures everyone who needs technology to live the lives they chose can get this, whatever age they are and whatever they choose to do in their lives. Our submission explains what the ‘Technology for Life’ model is and what it will do for disabled people.
Our second proposal requests investment in reforming the Access to Work process and making Access to Work available to disabled people from the point of wanting to look for a job. Currently, disabled people can apply for Access to Work if they have an interview or if they have a job, but it does not support people to look for a job, contact prospective employers, or apply for jobs. If the Government is truly committed to reducing the disability employment gap, this needs to change.
We would like to hear your feedback on our proposals. Please get in touch with the policy team at email@example.com to let us know what you think.