What is Access To Work Funding?

Access To Work funding is a Government-run scheme that aims to eliminate barriers to employment for people with mental and/or physical disabilities. The scheme gives grants to cover the cost of a wide range of products and services including travel requirements, specialist equipment and support workers. The overall aim of the scheme is to help people with disabilities back into the workplace.

Who can use Access To Work funding?

The criteria used to identify Access To Work applicants is relatively straight forward. You are eligible for Access To Work funding if you are employed and fulfil the simple criteria below. Employment can be full-time/part-time employment, self-employment, an apprenticeship, internship or a workplace trial. The remaining criteria is as follows:

To get help from Access to Work you must:

  • Have a disability or health condition (physical or mental) that makes it hard for you to do parts of your job or get to and from work
  • Be 16 or over
  • Live in England, Scotland or Wales – there’s a different system in Northern Ireland

What can Access To Work funding be used for?

Access To Work funding was put into place to make returning to work after an illness or injury as straight-forward as possible. Therefore, if any part of your job is difficult due to your disability and there is a suitable solution, Access To Work funding will assist with the procurement of the solution.

Cyclone Mobility as both an employer of people with disabilities and a supplier of mobility and rehabilitation equipment have seen many Access To Work applications. Typical claims include support workers, lightweight wheelchairs, electric attachments and vehicle adaptions.

How much funding can you receive?

The current level of Access To Work funding available per year is £60,700. This is the maximum amount of funding that can be provided. Of course, you do not have to take the full amount. At the time of writing, there is no minimum amount for an Access To Work claim.

When procuring a product or service through Access To Work, a grant will be offered to cover the amount of time the product or service will be used for work purposes. The grant will be allocated for each day of employment you complete in a normal working week. For example, if you work five days per week, Access To Work will typically offer you 5/7ths of the cost of the product/service. The remaining 2/7ths is referred to as Social and Domestic Contribution (SDC). The SDC, where applicable, is paid by the individual. If your product/service is only ever used whilst you are in work then Access To Work will cover the full cost of the product/service.

If you are required to pay a Social and Domestic Contribution, there are additional charities and funds available if you do not have sufficient funds yourself. If you’d like to know more information about this, use the contact form at the bottom of this page and get in touch with us.

How do I apply for Access To Work funding?

The application process is straightforward, and the majority is completed online. The thought of filling out form after form after form puts many people off applying for funding. Rest assured, the benefits of applying for Access To Work funding far outweigh the amount of effort needed during the application process. If you are looking for mobility equipment as part of your Access To Work claim, one of our mobility advisers will be happy to help you through the process.

Can I only apply for one thing with Access To Work?

No – the only criteria for product and service eligibility is that it must be required to effectively execute the duties of your role and must cost less than the limit of £60,700 per annum. If there are numerous products that fit these criteria, you can apply for multiple products and/or services.

If you are interested in applying for Access To Work for mobility and rehabilitation equipment but unsure on the process of your eligibility, contact us and we will be able to offer advice based on our own experiences and the experience of helping dozens of people in your position.

Useful Links

For more information about Access To Work and to start your application use the link below.

Apply for Access To Work funding https://www.gov.uk/access-to-work

More information for the applicant https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/access-to-work-   factsheet/access-to-work-factsheet-for-customers

More information for employers https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/878051/employer-guide-access-to-work.pdf

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