Access to Work is a program provided by the UK government that aims to support individuals with disabilities or health conditions in their employment. It offers financial assistance and practical support to help overcome barriers at work.
It is available to those who are:
• in employment (including working from home)
• an apprentice
• on a work trial or work experience
• in an internship
• on a work placement
Access to Work funding is available to individuals who have a disability or a long-term health condition that affects their ability to work. This can include those who have a disability, illness or health condition which makes doing their job challenging. This could be a physical or sensory disability, a mental health challenge such as anxiety or depression or a neurodiversity such as dyslexia.
The fund available is up to £66,000 per person, per year. This is a grant that does not have to be repaid, it does not affect any other benefits, nor is it restricted by earnings.
The funding provided by Access to Work can be used to cover various costs associated with disability-related adjustments in the workplace. This includes specialised equipment, adaptations to the work environment, travel expenses, communication support, and even a support worker if necessary.
The specific support and funding amount are determined on a case-by-case basis, taking into account the individual’s needs and circumstances.
With 14 years of experience in personal development, our specialist coaches help employees/employers to access the funding. We then specialise in providing ongoing coaching to those with mental health challenges and personality disorders or neurodiversities.
However, it is important to note that there are certain restrictions to accessing Access to Work funding. The program is primarily aimed at individuals who are already in paid employment or are about to start a new job. It does not cover costs related to job searching or training. Additionally, there is a maximum limit to the amount of funding that can be provided, which is subject to regular review.
There is no cost associated with making an application via People Building or if an application to work with us is successful. Sometimes employers may need to pay for the support and claim funds back later to speed up the delivery process.
Employers may be required to contribute towards the cost of the adjustments and support provided through Access to Work funding. The exact amount of employer contribution depends on the size of the company and their financial capacity.
For small businesses with fewer than 50 employees, there is generally no requirement for employers to contribute. However, larger companies may be expected to contribute a percentage of the cost based on a sliding scale. The specific percentage is determined by the size of the business and its annual payroll.
It’s worth noting that the employer’s contribution is not expected to cover the entire cost of the support, as the program is designed to share the financial responsibility. The government provides the main funding, and the employer’s contribution is intended to reflect their commitment to making reasonable adjustments for their employees with disabilities or health conditions.
If the cost of the necessary support is deemed excessive or unreasonable, Access to Work may cover the full cost without requiring an employer contribution. This is determined on a case-by-case basis, taking into account factors such as the individual’s needs, the financial capacity of the employer, and the overall benefit of the support in enabling the individual to work effectively.
It’s important for both employees and employers to have open communication and cooperation throughout the Access to Work funding process to ensure a smooth and successful implementation of the necessary adjustments.
Get a free, no obligation Access to Work conversation. If your application is successful you will not be required to pay for our support as it will usually be available through the Access to Work Fund.
Tel: 0345 3192 666
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With the growing number of mental health issues in the workplace we are keen to help businesses access this funding. It is advisable to apply as early as possible to ensure timely support.
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