Access to Work: what’s changing?

An Access to Work grant can pay for advice and practical support for someone with a disability, health or mental health condition to help them start work, stay in employment, or move into self-employment and build a business.

It can include workplace adaptations, assistive technology, transport, and interpreters.

If you have a disability or health condition and need support to stay in or start work, you could be eligible. You could be entitled to support if you’re:

  • Over 16 and resident in Great Britain;
  • Disabled or have a health condition that affects your ability to work;
  • About to start a paid job, or have a job offer (including self-employment);
  • About to start a work trial, internship, traineeship, or some work experience;
  • An apprentice with a mental health condition.

As of April 2018, the cap will not rise to £43,100 in line with 1.5 times average earnings. Instead the cap will rise to £57,200, double average earnings, and will be uprated annually on that basis.

The number of disabled people in work has increased by around 600,000 in the last four years, and we’re committed to increasing this number further. Increasing the cap will mean hundreds of disabled employees benefit from extra support that can help them progress in work.

Increasing the limit people can receive each year will make sure more disabled people, particularly the deaf community, can benefit from the grant and achieve their career aspirations.

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