Access to Work
If you’re disabled or have a physical or mental health condition that makes it hard for you to do your job, you can:
- talk to your employer about changes they must make in your workplace
- apply for Access to Work if you need extra help
To get help from Access to Work you must:
- have a disability or health condition (physical or mental) that makes it hard for you to do parts of your job or get to and from work
- be 16 or over
- live in England, Scotland or Wales – there is a different system in Northern Ireland (for more details CLICK HERE)
If the help you need at work isn’t covered by your employer making reasonable adjustments, you may be able access support from Access to Work.
You need to have a paid job, or be about to start or return to one.
You’ll be offered support based on your needs, which may include a grant to help cover the costs of practical support in the workplace.
An Access to Work grant can pay for:
- special equipment, adaptations or support worker services to help you do things like answer the phone or go to meetings
- help getting to and from work
The money doesn’t have to be paid back and won’t affect your other benefits, however it’s important to understand that you may not get a grant if you already receive certain benefits.
If you apply for Access to Work and your Access to Work Advisor believes an assessment in your workplace would be beneficial, they will request a Holistic Assessment. PeoplePlus, in partnership with Momentum (Scotland), RBLI (across England and Wales) and Assistive Technology & Training Ltd (across England) support Access to Work in delivering the Holistic Assessment Service across England, Scotland and Wales on behalf of the Department for Work & Pensions.
Our highly trained Access to Work Assessors will meet you (usually in your workplace) and discuss the issues you are experiencing in relation to your health or disability. The Assessor will complete a Needs Assessment Report which will include recommendations (as appropriate) for support which may help you to perform your job role and working duties.