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
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
- 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
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