If your work needs have changed because of coronavirus, Access to Work will give you extra support. You can get financial support to work from home, at your normal workplace or both. Changes might include:
funding for extra travel costs like taxi fares if you cannot use public transport safely
funding for remote support services, such as video remote interpreting or British Sign Language interpreting
getting a new application fast-tracked if you are clinically extremely vulnerable to coronavirus
If you need to have an assessment, it will be over the phone.
the name of a workplace contact who can authorise your Access to Work payments
You can apply online, by phone or ask for a paper form. You can have someone with you to help you explain what’s needed.
Examples of what may be funded
Specialist software, such as screen readers
A support worker, such as a driver or job coach
Adapted equipment, such as chairs and desks
Taxi journeys to and from work if you cannot use public transport
What's not covered by Access to Work
Changes that your employer must make under the Equality Act 2010 (reasonable adjustments)
Support that your employer has provided previously
Equipment that is standard for the job
Levels of funding
The level of the funding depends on:
if you’re employed or self-employed
how long you have been in your job
the type of help you need
Access to Work will normally pay 100% of the cost if any of these apply to you:
you have been in a job for less than 6 weeks
you are self-employed
you need funding for a support worker, travel to work or interviews, communication support at interviews
If you apply after you have been in the role for more than 6 weeks, your employer might need to contribute towards the cost of things paid for by Access to Work.
How much your employer pays depends on:
the cost of the adaptations
the size of the employer
Companies with under 49 employees
Your employer will contribute 20% of the costs up to £10,000. Access to Work will refund up to 80% of the approved costs up to £10,000.
Companies with 50 to 249 employees
Your employer will contribute the first £500 and 20% of the costs between £500 and £10,000. Access to Work will refund up to 80% of the approved costs between £500 and £10,000.
Companies with 250 employees and over
Your employer will contribute the first £1,000 and 20% of the costs between £1,000 and £10,000. Access to Work will refund up to 80% of the approved costs between £1,000 and £10,000.
Access to Work will normally pay any balance above £10,000. The most Access to Work will pay is £60,700 a year.
Access to Work funding is ongoing. Access to Work will review your circumstances and support needs after 3 years or if your condition changes.
Your employer owns the equipment it buys through Access to Work and is also responsible for maintenance, insurance and disposal costs. You may be able to transfer the equipment if you start a new job with a different employer.