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 assistive equipment, such as a telephone amplifier, textphone or hearing loop, paid for by an Access to Work grant.
Who can get an Access to Work grant?
You may be able to get Access to Work if you're 16 or over and have a disability or other condition that affects your ability to work. You'll be offered support based on your needs.
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.
An Access to work grant won't affect any other benefits you're getting.
How do I apply?
If you live in England, Scotland or Wales, you can find out more about Access to Work 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.