Disabled workers look set to benefit from a grant of almost £60,000 a year to assist them at work, available from April 1st this year.
People will be able to claim up to £59,200 each year to help pay for extra support that may be required through the Access to Work scheme, including assistive technology, workplace adaptations, transport and interpreters.
Access to work provides financial assistance to make sure that disabilities and health conditions don’t hold people back in the workplace, with over 27,000 people receiving support last year. Adjustable desks, voice recognition software and special IT equipment were all paid for using grants.
This move comes after the government increased the cap by nearly a third in 2018, with even more people able to benefit - particularly those from the deaf community who can now arrange for BSL interpreters through the scheme.
Sarah Newton, minister for disabled people, health and work, 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.”
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