20th August 2020 • Emma Cooper

An extension to the Access to Work scheme is now offering financial support for disabled people working from home or in the workplace during the Coronavirus pandemic.

The funding can now cover taxi fares and public transport costs, if a health condition prevents someone from travelling on public transport during the pandemic. There is also support for special equipment to help disabled people work from home, including screen readers or video remote interpreting or support worker services.

For disabled people who are particularly anxious or worried about returning to the workplace, mental health support is also available through Access to Work, with a tailored package of support for up to nine months.

People who are clinically extremely vulnerable can get new applications for grant funding fast tracked.

Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work Justin Tomlinson said:

‘In these unprecedented times, it is absolutely right that we continue to support disabled people to pursue employment without barriers.

‘This extension of funding and support will help to protect thousands of jobs which provide vital independence allowing disabled people to reach their full potential.’

About Access to Work

The Access to Work scheme is designed to help people who are disabled or have a physical or mental health condition stay in employment. Last year, it provided personalised support to a record 36,000 people with disabilities and health conditions to do their job.

It can help disabled people speak to their employers about changes they need to support them, and can even provide grants up to £60,000 to keep a person’s job accessible. Grants are tailor-made to a person’s needs and a disabled person will be assigned an Access to Work adviser to support them through the process.

Applying for funding can be done either online at gov.uk/access-to-work with braille and easy read versions available or over the phone on 0800 121 7479. Following a short assessment, support will be made available to you.