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.

For more detailed information, get in touch with Access to Work or have a look at www.gov.uk/access-to-work/overview - the official site of the Access to Work scheme. 

Access to Work Contact Details (London)

Email: [email protected]
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

https://disabilityarts.online/atw/ and 

https://disabilityarts.online/magazine/news/disability-arts-online-and-arts-council-england-publish-guide-to-access-to-work-for-the-arts-and-cultural-sector/  - Giving updated information and cultural context for using this service; includes easy read information

https://weareunlimited.org.uk/accessing-access-work/ - Some personal experiences of Shape-supported staff

www.disabilityrightsuk.org/access-work - Disability Rights UK's fact-sheet on Access to Work.

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

www.scope.org.uk/support/disabled-people/work/access-to-work - Information of AtW, on Scope About Disability

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

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

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

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

Updates can be found at this link: www.deafatw.com/updates.html