The Access to Work scheme aims to provide advice and can pay for practical support to overcome the effects of an impairment or long term health condition at work, so that disabled people can participate in mainstream employment and are not disadvantaged. Applicants must be in – or be about to enter – paid employment. 34,000 people were helped in 2017/18
Employers are expected to make “reasonable adjustments” to enable a disabled person to work. Further support may then be considered on a case by case basis. It could include funding for accessibility issues, for support workers or equipment, or for specialist training. It is available to all disabled people, both to those with physical impairments and to those with mental health conditions or learning disabilities. The average annual award is £3,800. The relatively small number of large awards (these are usually for BSL services) are capped at £59,200 per annum.
Scope has published a guide to the Access to Work scheme.