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Access to Work grant

Find out about the Access to Work help, including the eligibility criteria and the application process.

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What is Access to Work?

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Access to Work is help to get, or stay in work, that some people with a disability or health condition can get.    

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Access to Work help can include money called a grant.

You can apply for a grant to help pay for support with your work.

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You can apply for money to help you to communicate at interviews. 

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You can apply for support with managing your mental health at work.  

This might include a plan to help you get or stay in work, or one-to-one sessions with a mental health professional. 

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You can apply for money to help to pay for things you need to help you do your job like:  

  • special equipment
  • physical changes to your workplace
  • taxi journeys to and from work if you cannot use public transport
  • a support worker  or job coach to help you at work
  • disability awareness training for the people you work with
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Your workplace can include your home if you work from there some or all of the time. 

Can I get Access to Work help?

To get Access to Work help you must:

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Eligibility for Access to Work help

  • A disability can include a physical disability or a learning disability .  
  • A health condition can include a broken leg, or a mental health condition like anxiety.  
  • An illness can include diabetes or epilepsy.
  • You can not get Access to Work to help you with voluntary work.  
  • You can not get Access to Work if you live in the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man.  

The full eligibility criteria for claiming Access to Work can be found on the government’s website.  This includes additional information about:  

  • your illness, disability or health condition
  • your work
  • claiming Access to Work if you get New Style Employment and Support Allowance 
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What checks are needed to get Access to Work help?

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) will need to check:

  • your workplace
  • how your disability or health condition affects your work
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How much is Access to Work?

There is no fixed amount of Access to Work money.    

You or your employer may need to pay some of the costs and claim them back later. 

Easy Reads about Access to Work

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What is Access to Work help?


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How to apply for Access to Work help


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Getting your Access to Work money


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How to apply for Access to Work help

To find out how to apply for Access to Work, we have created a straightforward step-by-step digital guide to take you through the application process. 

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Frequently asked questions about Access to Work

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The information on this page is for  guidance  only. Mencap hold no responsibility for DWP processes, timescales, decisions, and service. 

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