“Access to Work is a publicly funded employment support grant scheme that aims to support disabled people start or stay in work. It can provide practical and financial support for people who have a disability or long term physical or mental health condition. Support can be provided where someone needs support or adaptations beyond reasonable adjustments.

An Access to Work grant can pay for practical support to enable your employee to start or stay in work”.

For full details on who can access the scheme and how to support an employee in an application, visit https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/access-to-work-guide-for-employers/access-to-work-factsheet-for-employers

National Disability Strategy

  • In July 2021, the government published a National Disability Strategy.
  • This contains a proposal to pilot an “adjustment passport” as part of the Access to work scheme.
  • The passport will provide disabled people with greater flexibility and smooth transitions between job roles, help build employer understanding of disability and adjustments, and remove the need for repeated disability assessments.
  • A passport will be made available to disabled students when they leave university. This may help employers identify appropriate adjustments for disabled employees. As part of the National Disability Strategy, the government (in conjunction with Acas) has also established an online Disability at work advice hub containing further advice on reasonable adjustments.