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Access to Work

Access to Work is a discretionary grant from the DWP that contributes to the disability-related extra costs of working faced by some disabled people and those with a health condition that are beyond reasonable adjustment. This can substantially reduce or eliminate any extra costs involved for the employer - however, Access to Work does notreplace an employer's duty under the Equality Actto make reasonable adjustments (e.g. changes that don't cost money, changes that have minimal costs, or costs which are deemed to be equivalent to / in replacement of usual operating costs).

The grant provides personalised support and can supportworkplace assessments to offer assistance as below:

  • Physical adaptations to help disabled employees do their job (e.g. technology grants, software grants, building adaptation grants etc).
  • Human support in the workplace (e.g. the provision of a personal assistant, making BSL interpreters available for meetings, or providing a job coach).
  • Transport support, both in the workplace and to and from work (e.g. paying taxi costs or funding a driver).
  • Mental health support in the workplace. 

The above list is only an example and is not exhaustive. Each applicant can be awarded up to a maximum of £60,700 worth of flexible, personalised support per year. The amount granted to each individual employee depends on various factors, including support required and the size of the employer. Access to Work grants can cover support both in the workplace and at home, for home workers. More information on Access to Work Grants can be found on the DWP website.

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