Access to Work scheme

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08 / 7 / 2014 Midnight

Access to Work is a programme delivered by Jobcentre Plus to provide help to individuals with a disability or health condition that affects them in work

The scheme gives practical support and can help meet the additional costs associated with overcoming work-related obstacles resulting from disability.

 The aims of the programme are:

  • To encourage employers to recruit and retain disabled peopled by offering practical help
  • To provide advice to disabled people and their employers
  • To enable disabled people to work on a more equal basis with their non-disabled colleagues
  • To offer grants towards additional costs incurred in the workplace as a direct result of a customer’s disability.
There are six main elements within Access to Work:

  • Special aids and equipment: provides grants towards aids and equipment in the workplace which are needed as a direct result of disability
  • Adaptations to premises and equipment: helps modify premises and adapt equipment to make it accessible for a disabled employee
  • Travel to work: provides a grant towards the extra costs of travel to and from work where a person cannot use available public transport as a result of their disability or health condition, or helps with adaptations to vehicles
  • Travel in work: provides a grant towards the extra cost of travel incurred whilst at work where a person cannot use available public transport as a result of their disability or health condition or helps with adaptations to vehicles
  • Communication support at interview: a grant for an interpreter or other human support at job interview for someone who has difficulties in communicating with others
  • Support worker: provides human support in the workplace to allow the person to access their work environment. Types of support worker include: British sign language interpreter, buddy, carer, counsellor, driver, job-aide, job coach, job designer, lip speaker, mentor, note taker, palantypist, personal reader, travel buddy.

To be eligible for the programme, individuals must:

  • Have a disability or health condition as defined under the Disability Discrimination Act that has a long term adverse affect on their ability to carry out their job (long term means that the effect of the impairment has lasted or is likely to last for at least 12 months)
  • Be over 16 years old
  • Be in, or about to start, paid employment (including self-employment)
  • Normally live and work in Great Britain, or required to travel abroad with their duties
  • Not be claiming incapacity benefit once they are in work (with the exception of permitted work).

For further information view the Employers' Guide to Access to Work on the Department for Work and Pensions website and visit our dedicated building a diverse workforce webpages which provide information on how investing in a diverse NHS workforce enables the delivery of a more inclusive service and improves patient care.

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