There is a government scheme called Access to work which can help you if your health or disability affect your ability to work. They help by giving advice and support. There is also a separate scheme called Access to work mental health support service.
Access to work can also help with extra costs which would not be reasonable for your employer to pay.
For example; Access to work might pay towards the cost of getting to work if you cannot use public transport because of your health condition or disability.
An Access to work grant can pay for practical support if you have a disability, health or mental health condition to help you:
- Start work
- Stay in work
- Move into self-employment or start a business
Please note the grant is not for business start up costs.
What you'll get
There is no set amount for an Access to work grant. How much you get depends on your circumstances.
The money can pay for things like:
- Adaptations to the equipment you use
- Special equipment
- Fares to work if you can’t use public transport
- A support worker or job coach to help you in your workplace
- A support service if you have a mental health condition and you’re absent from work or finding it difficult to work
- Disability awareness training for your colleagues
- A communicator at a job interview
- The cost of moving your equipment if you change location or jobs.
The money doesn’t have to be paid back and will not affect any other benefits you may receive. You can transfer your grant to another employer if you change jobs.
Access to Work grants are only available if your employer is based in England, Scotland or Wales. There’s a different system in Northern Ireland.
You must be 16 or over and either:
- about to start a job or work trial
- in a paid job or self-employed (you can’t get a grant for voluntary work)
You might qualify if you’re getting New Enterprise Allowance or starting work experience under a Youth Contract.
Your disability or health condition must affect your ability to do a job or mean you have to pay work related costs. For example, special computer equipment or travel costs because you can’t use public transport.
It may also mean you need support to:
- Start a new job
- Reduce absence from work
- Stay in work
You might not qualify if you get any of these benefits:
- Incapacity Benefit
- Employment and Support Allowance
- Severe Disablement Allowance
- Income Support
- National Insurance Credits
As an addition to our Mental Health Support Service we have a specific programme to support both the apprentice and employer. It is free, completely confidential and run by fully trained professionals with expertise in mental health.
To register for this service you can telephone, email us or chat to an advisor using the chat now button. You can also leave your details and one of our team will call you back.
Telephone: 0300 4568114