Access to Work is a government programme that can provide practical support if you are a disabled person or have a long term physical or mental health condition and you want to work. The money doesn’t have to be paid back and it does not affect any other benefits.
Access to Work can help pay for support you may need because of your disability or long term health condition, for example:
- equipment or adaptations to equipment in your workplace
- money towards any extra travel costs to and from work if you can’t use available public transport, or if you need help to adapt your vehicle
- an interpreter or other support at a job interview if you have difficulty communicating
- other practical help at work, such as a job coach or a note taker or lip speaker
If you have a mental health difficulty, you may be offered assistance from the Mental Health Support Service to develop a plan to support you going in to, remaining in or returning to work and suggestions for reasonable adjustments in the workplace.
In order to assist you, we have produced a factsheet for employees and one for employers which you can download below.