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Unlocking Workplace Success with the UK's Access to Work Grant: A Comprehensive Guide

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Introduction

Access to Work is a UK government initiative designed to provide financial support for disabled individuals who require additional workplace support.

The grant is intended to help eligible individuals to both get and stay in work by providing funding toward various forms of support, ranging from adaptations to the work environment, equipment and technology, one-to-one coaching and training, and support with travel costs.

In this article we’ll look at:

  • Who is eligible for Access to Work
  • The Access to Work application process
  • The type of support that Access to Work can fund

Who is eligible for Access to Work?

Eligibility for the grant is broad and includes individuals who are disabled, neurodivergent or have a physical or mental health condition that means you need support to do your job, or with getting to and from work.

This can include those with:

  • A neurodivergent condition such as autism, ADHD or dyslexia
  • A mental health condition, such as anxiety or depression
  • A physical impairment
  • A visual and/or hearing impairment
  • A health condition, for example diabetes or epilepsy
  • A learning disability, for example Down’s syndrome
  • A temporary condition such as a broken bone or back problem

It is important to note an individual does not need a formal diagnosis to be eligible for Access to Work.

Both employed and self-employed people can apply for Access to Work, provided they have a job offer or are currently working. The scheme is flexible, catering to people with diverse needs and in various types of employment, which includes full- and part-time, as well as apprenticeships, internships, and job trials under the Jobcentre Plus.

The Access to Work application process

Applying for Access to Work involves contacting the Access to Work service, either online or by phone. Applicants will typically need to provide details about their employment and information about how their condition impacts on their work and the support that they may need.

After completing the initial application, an Access to Work adviser will then be in contact to discuss the next steps. This can involve having a workplace needs assessment through an Access to Work approved supplier, though if individuals already know what support they need, this step can be skipped.

What support does Access to Work provide?

Access to Work can pay toward the cost of support needed. It does not pay a certain amount to each individual, but funds the specific support needed. There is a cap on the total that can be funded, which for April 2023 to March 2024 was £66,000.

Examples of the support that can be funded might include:

  • support workers, such as a job coach
  • disability awareness training
  • funding for equipment, such as ergonomic furniture
  • funding for software
  • help toward the cost of travelling to work

What’s more, the grant can also cover mental health support to help individuals manage their conditions in the workplace

Next steps

For employers, Access to Work can therefore help organisations create a more inclusive workplace. It can facilitate the employment of talented individuals who might otherwise be excluded and crucially, it can help toward funding the support needed.

For employees, Access to Work can help with funding and implementing the required support, and thus can be a crucial step towards getting and staying in work.

However, applying for an Access to Work grant can also be a daunting and time-consuming process. That’s where Ultima Works comes in – from diagnosis to assessments, to guidance and support – we can help you make use of the Access to Work funding, and unlock the support you are entitled to. For a no obligation, free consultation – get in touch with one of our expert team today.
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