Access To Work

DWP Ministers have agreed to continue Access to Work funding for employability activities delivered through Supported Internships through the 2020/21 academic year. This means that supported interns can continue to receive funded job coaching support for employment-related activities through Access to Work until the end of August 2021.

DWP are delivering training sessions for Access to Work. They take place from 10am to 11.30am on 1 March and 5 March.

In addition there are 2 sessions for PIP awareness from the Disability Advocacy Team. These take place from 10am to 1pm on 17 March and 23 March. The advocacy Team are keen to ensure that the places available are utilised by health professional partners, particularly those advising or supporting customers to make a claim for PIP

We've had communication from the Department for Work and Pensions about the use of Access to Work within Supported Internships. Education providers have been able to claim Access to Work funding for job coaches supporting the employability of learners who are unable to be on placementt due to Covid-19. This funding was agreed to the end of January and theere has been uncertainty as to whether it will continue.

Publisher: 
Central Government
Topics: 
Access To Work, Supported Internships
Year of Publication: 
2020
Type: 
Guidance

Young people on or about to start the work experience placement of a supported internship, or traineeship with a disability or health condition, can apply to the Department for Work and Pensions' Access to Work fund. Young people can apply for: * funding of travel (providing assistance for additional travel costs to and from their work experience placement because of their disability); * the costs of support workers, including job coaches; and * specialist equipment for days that a young person is at the employer's premises.

DWP has revised the application and claims process for the use of Access to Work within Supported Internships and Traineeships. The changes are mainly due to DWP's security requirements and they now need a customer signature on the application and claims forms. Access to Work are also introducing a declaration letter that the customer must sign and return before claims are approved.

DWP has announced future changes to the way that Access to Work applications will be handled for Supported Internships and Traineeships. We expect the changes to come into force in early September and DWP have asked that applications are not submitted before then. BASE is working alongside the Department for Education and a group of providers to advise DWP on the proposed changes. We will be posting updates when we can but DWP has released the following text:

We have just heard that DWP has confirmed that it will continue to fund job coaches through Access to Work if they are employed to support learners on Supported Internship programmes. BASE warmly welcomes this decision and we await further details to clarify the decision.

DWP has issued new guidance to Supported Businesses confirming ministerial approval has been granted for the Transitional Employer Support Grant (TESG) to be claimed whilst an employee is at home due to Covid 19. The guidance also sets out the requirements for providing evidence of the continued support provided by the SB and offers options as to how signatures can be obtained.

DWP has issued guidance about claiming Access to Work during the Covid-19 pandemic. A number of flexibilities have finally been agreed but it is difficult to understand why they have taken so long.

The Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work, Justin Tomlinson, has said that he wants to explore giving more autonomy to Jobcentre Plus work coaches so that they can allocate funding to commission local projects to help get people back into work. Speaking at a Westminster Business Forum event on disability in the workplace, he said that "we do need to look closely about moving away from a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach where people are sat round a circle and taught how to do a CV, and how to do their interview".

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