What is Access to Work?
Access to work is a government-funded grant (money you don't have to pay back) that could pay for practical support so people with disabilities can:
- start working
- stay in work
- move into self-employment or start a business (though it's not for business start-up costs).
If you're deaf or have hearing loss, this means you could have your communication support and equipment, such as a telephone amplifier, textphone or hearing loop, paid for by an Access to Work grant.
Who is eligible for an Access to Work grant?
You may be eligible for Access to Work if you're 16 and over and have a disability or other condition that affects your ability to work. The scheme is only available in England, Scotland or Wales - there’s a different system in Northern Ireland.
One of the following must apply:
- you have a paid job
- you’re self-employed
- you have a job interview
- you’re about to start a job or work trial
- you’re starting work experience
What could I get?
How much Access to Work grant you get depends on your circumstances. Your grant may be capped depending on when it was awarded or last reviewed. New grants awarded on, or after, 1 April 2017 are capped at £42,100. An Access to Work grant won't affect your other benefits.
How do I apply for an Access to Work grant?
If you live in England, Scotland or Wales, you can find out more about Access to Work, check your eligibility, and apply online at gov.uk, the government services and information website. If you live in Northern Ireland visit nidirect, the Northern Ireland government services website.