MORE than 100 Barnsley residents with autism and learning disabilities will be helped back into work thanks to a new scheme.

Barnsley is one of 24 councils across the country to get a share of £7.6m to target vulnerable groups who face barriers gaining work, it was announced on Wednesday.

In Barnsley, 140 people will benefit from the support thanks to the town’s funding allocation.

Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work, Chloe Smith, said: “Disabled people deserve the same opportunities to start, stay and succeed in employment as everyone else.

“We know that those with autism and learning disabilities can face particular barriers to employment, which is why we’re spending £490,000 in Barnsley.

“We hope to break down those barriers and use local networks to help more disabled people reach their full potential.”