Access to Work is a publicly-funded employment support programme that aims to help more disabled people start or stay in work. It can provide practical and financial support if you have a disability or long-term physical or mental health condition. If the help you need at work is not covered by your employer making reasonable adjustments, you may be able to get help from Access to Work.
You need to have a paid job, or be about to start or return to one. You’ll be offered support based on your needs, which may include a grant to help cover the costs of practical support in the workplace. Your workplace can include your home if you work from there some or all of the time.
An Access to Work grant can pay for: special equipment, adaptations or support worker services to help you do things like answer the phone or go to meetings, help getting to and from work
An Access to Work grant can pay for practical support to help you:
- start working
- stay in work
- move into self-employment or start a business
The grant is not for business start-up costs.
How much you get depends on your circumstances. The money does not have to be paid back. You might not get a grant if you already get certain benefits. But the money does not have to be paid back and will not affect your other benefits.p>