This briefing paper explains the Access to Work scheme which provides practical advice and support to disabled people and their employers to help them overcome work-related obstacles resulting from disability.Jump to full report >>
Access to Work provides practical advice and support to disabled people and their employers to help them overcome work-related obstacles resulting from disability. Access to Work is delivered by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) through Jobcentre Plus.
An individual may be able to get Access to Work if their disability or health condition stops them from being able to do parts of their job and they are: in a paid job; self-employed; unemployed and about to start a job; unemployed and about to start a Work Trial; or unemployed and about to start a Jobcentre Plus Work Experience placement.
Access to Work programme expenditure is not routinely published. However, the Work and Pensions Committee reported that in 2013/14, funding of £108.0 million was spent on access to work, an increase on each of the previous four years.
The Chancellor of the Exchequer’s Spending Review and Autumn Statement 2015 announced that there would be a real-terms increase in Access to Work funding. Details are expected to be announced in a forthcoming Green Paper, as part of proposed “reforms to improve support for people with health conditions and disabilities, including exploring the roles of employers, to further reduce the disability employment gap and promote integration across health and employment.”
Commons Briefing papers SN06666
Author: Feargal McGuinness
Topic: Employment schemes