This information applies to people in England, Scotland and Wales. The Access to Work Scheme is different in Northern Ireland. To find out more visit nidirect.gov.uk
What is Access to Work?
Access to Work grants can help pay for practical support to help you start work, stay in work, become self-employed or start a business.
What will I get?
Access to Work grants can be used for things like:
- Changes to the equipment you use
- Special equipment
- Help with travel costs if you can’t use public transport
- A support worker to help you in your workplace
- Disability awareness training for your colleagues
The maximum amount you can get is £41,400 a year. How much you get depends on your individual circumstances and what help you need.
Can I get an Access to Work grant?
To get an Access to Work grant your epilepsy or other health conditions must affect your ability to do your job or mean you have to pay work-related costs. The health condition must be likely to last a year. You must also be 16 or over and be working or about to start working. You may get a grant if you’re self-employed. The work must be paid. You cannot get an Access to Work grant for voluntary work.
You might not be able to get an Access to Work grant if you already claim certain benefits.
How do I apply for an Access for Work grant?
In England, Scotland or Wales call Access to Work on 0345 268 8489.
In Northern Ireland, speak to an Employment Service Advisor at your local Jobs and Benefits office or JobCentre.
Where can I find out more?
Information for individuals in England, Scotland and Wales
Information for employers in England, Scotland and Wales
Information about Access to Work in Northern Ireland
Where can I get help with benefits?
Provides a free online benefits calculator and grants search tool to help you find out what financial help you are entitled to.
Helpline: 0808 802 2000
Citizens Advice provides advice to everyone on their rights and responsibilities. Check the website or your local phonebook for details of your nearest Citizens Advice service.
Telephone advice in England: 0344 111 444
Telephone advice in Wales: 0344 77 20 20
Find your local Citizens Advice Bureau in Scotland
Find your local Citizens Advice Bureau in Northern Ireland
Disability Information and Advice Line services, run by and for disabled people. They may be able to refer you to someone who can help you fill out claim forms for benefits (provided there is someone in your area).
Helpline: 0808 800 3333 (to find your local group)
This website has lots of information about all the different benefits that are available.
Disability Rights UK
This website has a number of free factsheets you can download. It offers basic information about benefits, tax credits, social care and other disability-related issues for claimants and advisers.
Welfare Rights Unit
Welfare Rights Units give free advice and support on benefits. Some can also help with completing claim forms and appealing benefits decisions. Contact your local council to find out if they have a Welfare Rights Unit. To find your local council visit gov.uk/find-your-local-council
This website has lots of information about the benefits that are available in Northern Ireland.
Offers information, advice, advocacy and representation for people in Northern Ireland.
Helpline: 0800 988 2377
If you would like to see this information with references, visit the Advice and Information references section of our website. If you are unable to access the internet, please contact our Epilepsy Action Helpline freephone on 0808 800 5050.
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- Updated November 2016To be reviewed November 2017