Guest Blog: Are you aware of the Access to Work programme?

I am a huge fan of the Access to Work scheme which helps provide equipment and other support to enable disabled people to work. I have gained from this scheme, both as an employer and an employee – in fact, without the equipment that Access to Work has provided me with I would be unable to continue to run Evenbreak. And the service is getting even better! Here is Access to Work’s Mary Dunleavy to tell us more:


Did you know that the Access to Work programme is delivered by Jobcentre Plus and supports people to overcome barriers relating to their disability or long term health condition when moving onto or retaining employment?

In 2011/12, the programme provided support or adaptations for 30,690 customers beyond those “reasonable adjustments” which an employer is legally obliged to provide under the Equality Act 2010.

The programme provides advice, a possible assessment of a person’s disability needs in the workplace and if required, a financial grant towards the cost of any necessary support.

To access support you must: be aged 16 or over and have a disability or health condition as defined under the Equalities Act 2010 that has a long term adverse affect on your ability to carry out your job.

You also need to be in, or about to start, paid employment (including self-employment); and normally live in Great Britain and not be claiming Incapacity Benefit or ESA once you are in work (with the exception of Permitted Work).

From 1st October 2012 the programme will support people who are on Jobseekers Allowance and moving onto a Jobcentre Plus arranged work experience placement.

The programme offers seven types of support:

  • Special Aids and Equipment (SAE)
  • Travel to Work (TtW)
  • Travel in Work (TiW)
  • Support Worker (SW)
  • Communication Support at Interview (CSI)
  • Adaptations to Premises and Equipment (APE)
  • Mental Health Support Service

For more information on the Access to Work programme, please see the Direct Gov website or contact the Access to Work team on 020 8426 3110, quoting the code ER1.


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