§ Mr. Carter-Jones
asked the Secretary of State for Employment what discussions he has had about winding up the Employment Services Agency's fares-to-work scheme, which succeeds in helping only a handful of people, and transferring its budget and responsibilities to the new charitable body Motability; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. John Grant
I am informed by the Manpower Services Commission that since the introduction of mobility allowance and the decision to phase out trikes, officials of the Employment Service Agency have had a series of meetings 823W with officials of DHSS to consider the future application of a revised fares-to-work scheme. DHSS has kept ESA fully informed about the negotiations which led to the setting up of Motability and it has been agreed that there will be a continuing need for the fares-to-work scheme. In particular there will still need to be special provision under the fares-to-work scheme for a small number of employed severely disabled people who experience serious problems in getting to and from work but do not receive mobility allowance.