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.
You can't get a grant for voluntary work.
To apply for help you must:
If you are in receipt of certain benefits such as Incapacity Benefit and Employment Support Allowance you may not qualify for the Award.
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: Applications may be made online. Alternatively, you can contact Access to Work Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm.
Telephone: 0800 121 7479
Textphone: 0800 121 7579
When you phone remember to have the following details:
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 currently capped at £41,400 a year.
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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