We all have the right to work. Access to Work has been set up to provide a grant to help towards the additional costs associated with barriers faced by a disabled person in work.
What it's about
Delivered by Job Centre Plus, the programme provides practical advice for businesses wishing to employ disabled people – full time or part-time. It offers guidance to disabled individuals who are already working, self-employed or looking for a job. Funding is also available to help pay for any adaptations to the working environment or installation of any special equipment, providing it's above and beyond the reasonable adjustments you're legally obliged to provide under the Equality Act.
How it Works
Access to Work offers a grant to reimburse the cost of any support needed. The funding is assessed on an individual basis to ensure the best possible solution is found for everyone.
The level of grant depends on:
- whether the person is employed or self-employed
- how long your employee has been in his / her first job
- the type of help needed
However, grants of up to 100% will be considered for:
- self-employed people
- employees who have been working for less than 6 weeks when they first apply
- the Mental Health Service
- support workers
- additional travel to work and travel in work costs
- communication support at interviews
Applications for Access to Work will be capped at £57,200 until March 2019 (reviewed annually).
Please note if your disabled employee has been working in your business for more than 6 weeks before applying, the business may be expected to share some of the costs. So the sooner you apply the better.
Who is eligible?
The employee receives the support directly. To be eligible for help, he/she must:
- have a disability or health condition that has a long term substantial adverse effect on their ability to carry out their job
- be over 16 years of age
- be in, or about to start paid employment (including self-employment)
- normally live and work in Great Britain
- not be claiming Employment and Support Allowance once they are in work
What's in it for your business?
- the opportunity to ensure all your employees are able to showcase their talents and abilities
- a committed, motivated and competent workforce dedicated to your business
- help to keep an existing employee who develops a disability or long term condition
- getting ahead of the competition in the search for talent
IT'S TIME to ensure everyone has access to work
Call the Business Wales Helpline on 03000 6 03000 or contact us.