What is Access To Work?

Access to Work (AtW) is a Government programme delivered by Job Centre Plus which provides advice and a financial grant for practical support to overcome work-related barriers due to disability. It is available to customers with a disability who are in employment or with a job to start.

An Access to Work grant can pay for practical support if you have a disability, health or mental health condition to help you:

  • start working
  • stay in work
  • move into self-employment or start a business

How much you get depends on your circumstances.  

The money doesn’t have to be paid back and will not affect your other benefits.

Principles of Access to Work

Above and beyond a reasonable adjustment: Support that complements but does not replace or subsidise an employer’s legal duty to make reasonable adjustments

Additional costs: Support that is over and above what a non-disabled person would need to do their job

Meeting minimum needs: Support that allows individuals to overcome workplace barriers that arise from their disability

Value for money: Support that meets an individual’s needs in the most cost effective way for the taxpayer.

For more detailled information, get in touch with Access to Work or have a look at:

https://www.gov.uk/access-to-work/overview - Access to Work pages on gov.uk - the official site of the Access to Work scheme. 

Access to Work Contact Details (London)

Telephone: 0345 268 8489 
Textphone: 0345 608 8753

Operational Support Unit 
Harrow Jobcentre Plus 
Mail Handling Site A 
Wolverhampton  WV98 1JE 

You might also like to have a look at these other links as well:

General information about Access to Work

http://base-uk.org/members/news/access-work-available-self-employed-people - Info about AtW for self-employed people, on BASE. 

http://deafumbrella.com/atw/ - Overview of AtW, on Deaf Umbrella

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pjKK3BfSi84 - Subtitled / BSL You Tube video summary of access to work

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ApBtMmA4OqU -  Guide to Access to Work by Freedom of Speech, aimed at employers, but useful for employees too. 

Campaigns & information to improve Access to Work

http://www.disabilitynewsservice.com/?s=access+to+work - Articles about Access to Work on the Disability News Service

http://stopchanges2atw.com/ - Stop Changes 2 AtW - campaign site

http://www.deafatw.com/ - Deaf AtW campaign site "Information to help challenge Access to Work decisions".