Access to Work

What is Access to Work?

Access to work was created by the DWP in 1994 to help disabled people either start a new job, stay in work or move to self-employment.

Access to Work provides financial support and practical help for those with disabilities or long-term health conditions.

What help can Access to Work give me?

This depends on what kind of help you need and what kind of work you do, for example, if you are self-employed Access to Work can find funding for a support worker to help you with your business. 

If you are employed or looking to start work Access to Work can find funding for a communicator for interviews, practical helpers like note-takers and possibly funding for transportation to and from work.

In some cases, Access to Work can provide funding for any necessary equipment. 

How can I find out if I'm eligible?

To be eligible for Access to Work there are some conditions you need to meet, you can apply if:

  • You have a disability or health condition (whether it is mental or physical) that makes it hard for you to do parts of your job or get to and from work

  • Have a mental health condition and need extra support at work 

  • Are aged 16 or over

  • Live in England, Scotland or Wales

You must also have a paid job or be about to start or return to one. This could include:

  • Being self-employed

  • An apprenticeship  

  • A work trial or work experience 

  • An Internship 

You may also be eligible if you are currently receiving New Enterprise Allowance. 

What if I'm already receiving other benefits?

If you are receiving Universal Credit and have a health condition or a disability, you will still be able to apply for Access to Work.

If your receiving any other benefits such as Employment and Support Allowance, Income Support, Incapacity Benefit, Severe Disablement Allowance or National Insurance Credits it will depend on your circumstances and whether or not you are doing any "permitted work"

It is only classed as "Permitted Work" if the following applies:

  •  You earn up to £131.50 per week

  • You work less than 16 hours per week

  • It has been agreed with your work coach and approved

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