Access to Work scheme

If you have a health condition and need help at work or travelling to work, the Access to Work scheme can help.

Access to Work is a Government programme which provides practical and financial support through a grant to assist employees at work.

You can apply for Access to Work if you have a physical or hidden disability or mental health condition which makes it hard for you to do your job or get to work.

How can Access to Work help me?

The Access to Work Scheme can provide grants to help pay for items or services you need such as:

  • Provide support such as counselling or job coaching.
  • Help make changes to the equipment you use to do your job.
  • Move your equipment if you change the place where you work.
  • Provide interpreters such as British Sign Language, video relay service support, lip speakers or note takers.
  • Help make changes to your vehicle so you can get to work.
  • Pay taxi fares or a support worker if you cannot use public transport.
  • Give you access to a support worker or job coach to help you at work.
  • Give disability awareness training to people you work with.

How to apply

You can apply for Access to Work online or by phone.

You’ll need to provide:

  • your workplace address and postcode
  • the name of a workplace contact who can authorise your Access to Work payments
  • your workplace contact’s email address or work phone number
  • your unique tax reference number (if you’re self-employed)

You’ll also need to explain:

  • how your condition affects you at work or getting to work
  • what help you’re already getting
  • what else could help you.

 You can apply online on the the website - Access to Work Scheme Page  

To apply by phone call the Access to Work helpline Telephone: 0800 121 7479
Textphone: 0800 121 7579
Relay UK (if you cannot hear or speak on the phone): 18001 then 0800 121 7479 Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm