Access to Work scheme extended to help disabled people working remotely


Disabled people can now benefit from financial support to work from home following an extension to the Access to Work scheme.

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

Funding can now cover taxi fares and public transport costs, if a health condition prevents you from travelling on public transport during the pandemic.

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New extensions to the scheme mean that you can get grant funding if you’re disabled and need support to work from home because of Covid-19, which can help pay for special equipment such as a screen reader or video remote interpreting or support worker services.

If you’re travelling into the office and due to your health condition public transport isn’t a safe option for you at the moment, you can also apply for financial support with things like taxi fares.

If you are anxious about returning to work and need support, you can also get mental health support through Access to Work with a tailored package of support for up to nine months.

Justin Tomlinson, minister for disabled people, health and work, 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.”

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