Get help at work if you’re disabled or have a health condition (Access to Work)

2. Eligibility

To get help from Access to Work you must:

  • have a disability or health condition (physical or mental) that makes it hard for you to do parts of your job or get to and from work
  • be 16 or over
  • live in England, Scotland or Wales - there’s a different system in Northern Ireland

You also need to have a paid job, or be about to start or return to one. A paid job could include:

  • self-employment
  • an apprenticeship
  • a work trial or work experience
  • an internship

You can’t get a grant for voluntary work.

Your job must be based in England, Scotland or Wales.

You can’t get Access to Work if you live in the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man.

If you get other benefits

Certain benefits may affect whether you can get an Access to Work grant.

Universal Credit, Jobseeker’s Allowance or Income Support

You can still get help from Access to Work if you work more than one hour a week.

Employment and Support Allowance

You can only get help from Access to Work if you’re doing ‘permitted work’. It’s permitted work if all of the following apply:

  • you earn up to £120 a week
  • you work less than 16 hours a week
  • it’s been agreed with your work coach