Grant to support disabled people in the workplace increases to almost £60,000
Published by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and Sarah Newton MP, disabled employees will be able to benefit from almost £60,000 a year to help them at work.
From the 1st of April 2019, people will be able to claim up to £59,200 annually to help pay for additional support that they may need in the workplace through the UK Government’s Access to Work scheme. This can include workplace adaptations, assistive technology, transport and interpreters. It comes after the government increased the cap by almost a third last year.
Access to Work provides financial support to ensure someone’s disability or health condition doesn’t hold them back at work and, last year, more than 27,000 people received support, including adjustable desks, specialist IT equipment and voice-recognition software.
The Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work, Sarah Newton, said: “Access to Work provides tailored support to thousands across the country, ensuring a disability or health condition is not a barrier to achieve someone’s career aspirations.
“By extending this grant even more people can benefit from this personalised scheme, and more disabled people can thrive in the workplace.”
Latest Government figures show that last year, Access to work provision for people with mental health conditions increased by 34 percent compared to the previous year and for people with a learning disability, it increased by more than 20 percent.
Access to Work is part of a range of support available to help get disabled people into work and achieve their career aspirations.