The government’s Access to Work grant helps organisations pay for reasonable adjustments to give deaf people and those with hearing loss access to the same jobs, working conditions and opportunities as everyone else. Here’s a roundup of some frequently asked questions about the scheme:
Who is eligible for the Access to Work grant?
Applicants must be 16 or over with a permanent hearing loss which affects their ability to apply for or do a job. Certain benefits may affect whether an employee can get an Access to Work grant.
What’s covered by the grant?
Here are some examples of what Access to Work can cover:
- Communication support for job interviews, such as a sign language interpreter
- Specialist equipment, for example an amplified phone or conversation listener
- Adapting existing equipment to make it easier for deaf staff to use
- Practical help at work which could be a notetaker or lipspeaker in meetings
- Deaf awareness training for other staff in the organisation.
Is support available for working remotely?
Access to Work helps cover the costs of practical support in the workplace. A workplace can include home if an employee works remotely some or all of the time.
How much is the grant?
Access to Work may cover 100% of reasonable adjustments for new starters if the application is made during the first six weeks of employment. For staff who have been employed for six weeks or longer, employers may need to share the cost of adjustments; there’s a sliding scale of cost share depending on the size of the organisation. Access to Work grants are capped at £60,700 per year.
How can I apply?
- If you’re in Great Britain, visit gov.uk/access-to-work
- If you’re in Northern Ireland, visit nidirect.gov.uk/articles/access-work-practical-help-work
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