Access to Work

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

 

Access to Work can help you in the workplace by providing support needed to meet your needs. The maximum that can be funded is £42,100 per year from April 2017. The scheme can also provide support for people taking part in an apprenticeship. This support can include:

  • special aids, equipment or adaptations you need at work
  • a support worker to help you learn and do your job
  • help with travel if you have difficulties using public transport
  • a communicator at job interviews
  • mental health support including a dedicated service for apprentices.

You may need to provide medical evidence if you are applying for help with travel to work. The British Medical Association (BMA) advises doctors not to charge for completing this form.

 

Guidance

The Government issues guidance about Access to Work. These are regularly updated and the latest versions are:

We are not aware of any up-to-date guidance in easy-read format. BSL video information is available

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) issues guidance to its staff about Access to Work claims.

 

Supported Permitted Work

DWP has ended the 52 week limit on receiving support from Access to Work while on supported permitted work

 

Supported Internships and traineeships

The application process is different for people wanting to claim Access to Work while on a traineeship or supported internship. You can find the latest guidance on our knowledge pages.

 

BASE is in regular discussion with DWP to improve the application and claims process. We are currently discussing a range of issues including:

  • how far in advance of a job start that claims can be made
  • the use of an "in principle" job start date where the actual start date is not certain
  • rates for support workers and job coaches
  • improved paperwork and guidance

We hope to issue advice shortly to our members about making Access to Work applications. Please let us know if you have any issues about Access to Work that you think we should be aware of.