Access to Work is a Government initiative that provides advice and practical support to the disabled who are employed, self employed or unemployed and about to start a job or work scheme.
Jobs can be part-time or full-time or temporary or permanent.
The scheme has recently been extended to include disabled people on traineeships, supported internships, work trials and work academies.
It is unclear whether this includes voluntary work.
To apply for help you must:
The scheme provides grants to help pay for the extra employment cost of working with a disability. This can include funding for:
The grant will not cover any items considered as standard equipment in the workplace.
To apply: Contact Access to Work. Print the Access to Work eligibility letter and take it to your employer or job interview.
You will then need to get in touch with your nearest contact centre.
An adviser will assess your needs and the level of support required.
The Access to Work grant will pay for 100% of the approved costs if you:
For those employed for longer than 6 weeks the employer may have to pay a proportion of the costs. How much depends on the size of the company.
The Access to Work grant is capped at £40,800 a year for all new applications from 1st October 2015.
Existing claimants will be capped from 1st April 2018.
Funding can be transferred to a new employer if you change your job.
Disabled job seekers who want to set up their own business through the New Enterprise Allowance are also able to apply for Access to Work funding.
Access to Work Guide - Easy Read from the British Association of Supported Employment (BASE).
Employers' Guide to Access to Work - from the Department of Work and Pensions - free download
*Disability or health condition - as defined by the Equality Act (2010)
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