Access to Work is a discretionary specialist disability employment programme that provides individuals and their employers with advice and support with extra work related costs which arise because of an individual’s disability or health condition. The type of support Access to Work provides is tailored to individual needs and can include travel to work, support workers and specialist aids and equipment.
Generally Access to Work is available to individuals who are in or about to start paid employment (or a Jobcentre Plus Work Trial) if their disability or health condition affects the way they do their job. Recently the Department of Work and Pensions has expanded the scope of the programme to cover a number of additional areas, for example help for disabled people to prepare for employment, including work experience, supported internships, and traineeships.
Newly announced reforms to the scheme will pave the way for thousands more disabled people to be supported into mainstream employment, while being given new choices and control over the type of practical help they receive. This equality analysis assesses the impact of these reforms.