Access to Work: support in the workplace*

What is access to work? 

Access to Work is a government support programme* aimed at helping people start and stay in work. The work can be full or part-time paid work whether permanent, casual or temporary. Access to Work can help pay for support you may need because of a disability or a long term physical or mental health condition. The money does not have to be paid back and it will not affect any other benefits you receive.

Below are some examples of the sort of help available:

  • special equipment
  • money towards any extra travel costs to and from work if you can’t use available public transport
  • someone to help you at a job interview 
  • a support worker or job coach to help you in your workplace
  • a note taker
  • disability awareness training for your colleagues. 
*The Channel Islands and the Isle of Man are not covered by Access to Work and there is a different service in Northern Ireland.

How to apply

The quickest and easiest way to apply is online at www.gov.uk/access-to-work.

You can also apply by calling Jobcentre Plus on: 0345 268 8489.

Access to Work will ask you what support you need. They will also contact your employer for more information. 

Further information

The link below will take you to a useful factsheet: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/access-to-work-factsheet.