Sep 09

Financial Support For Disabled People Working From Home

Matthew

The government has announced an extension of the Access to Work scheme, providing extra help for disabled people working from home or in the workplace, with funding now covering taxi fares and public transport costs, as well as the fast-tracking of new applications for grant funding for clinically extremely vulnerable people.

Grant funding is now available for disabled people if they need support to work from home because of coronavirus, used to pay for special equipment or support worker services.

It is also possible to secure mental health support through Access to Work if you’re anxious about staging a return to the office, with a tailored support package available for up to nine months.

The scheme itself was designed to help people stay in employment and, in 2019, it provided personalised support to 36,000 disabled people and others with health conditions, enabling them to continue doing their jobs.

Justin Tomlinson, minister for disabled people, 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.”

To be eligible for the scheme, you need to have a disability or a physical or mental health condition that makes it difficult for you to do parts of your job, or to get to and from work. You must be over the age of 16 and either live in England, Scotland or Wales, with Northern Ireland serviced by a different scheme.

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