If you’re disabled or have a physical or mental health condition that makes it hard for you to do your job, you can:
- talk to your employer about changes they must make in your workplace
- apply for Access to Work if you need extra help
Your employer must make certain changes (known as ‘reasonable adjustments’) to make sure you’re not substantially disadvantaged when doing your job. These could include changing your working hours or providing equipment to help you do your job.
You should talk to your employer about reasonable adjustments before you apply for Access to Work.
If the help you need at work is not covered by your employer making reasonable adjustments, you may be able to get help from Access to Work.
You need to have a paid job or be about to start or return to one.
You’ll be offered support based on your needs, which may include a grant to help cover the costs of practical support in the workplace.
An Access to Work grant can pay for:
- special equipment, adaptations or support worker services to help you do things like answer the phone or go to meetings
- help to get to and from work
You might not get a grant if you already get certain benefits.
The money does not have to be paid back and will not affect your other benefits.
You can apply here for an Access to Work grant.
There’s a different system in Northern Ireland.