Disabled people can now benefit from financial support to work from home, thanks to an extension to the Access to Work scheme.
Those working from home or in the workplace with a disability will benefit from extra help, thanks to an extension of the Access to Work scheme, including support for special equipment, travel costs and mental health.
Covid-19 is changing the way we work and impacting working environments and arrangements. With many employers asking workers to adapt to a new environment, Access to Work can play a key role in supporting disabled people to retain, return to and move into employment.
New extensions to the scheme
- You can get grant funding if you’re disabled and need support to work from home because of Covid-19, which can help pay for special equipment such as a screen reader or video remote interpreting or support worker services.
- This funding can also be fast-tracked if you’re in the clinically extremely vulnerable group.
- If you’re travelling into the office and due to your health condition public transport isn’t a safe option for you at the moment, you can also apply for financial support with things like taxi fares.
- If you are anxious about returning to work and need support, you can also get mental health support through Access to Work with a tailored package of support for up to nine months.
- Applying for funding is easy – either online at: gov.uk/access-to-work or over the phone on 0800 121 7479. Following a short assessment, you can start getting support.
- People who are clinically extremely vulnerable can get new applications for grant funding fast-tracked.
- Funding can now cover taxi fares and public transport costs, if a health condition prevents you from travelling on public transport during the pandemic.
You can find out more about Access to Work by clicking here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-help-on-offer-for-disabled-people-working-from-home-during-the-pandemic?s=03