Access to Work: staff guide

A DWP staff guide about the Access to Work scheme.


Access to Work: staff guide

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This document is for DWP staff and explains how the Access to Work scheme operates.

An Access to Work grant can pay for practical support if someone has a disability, health or mental health condition to help them:

  • start working
  • stay in work
  • move into self-employment or start a business

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We publish this guide to help people understand how we make decisions.

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Published 22 December 2014
Last updated 29 May 2018 + show all updates
  1. Added revised version of the staff guide. Section 3 now includes information about the annual award limit and section 11 includes information on the Tech Fund.
  2. Published updated version of the guide with various updates.
  3. Published revised Access to Work: staff guide with changes to paragraphs 33, 479 and 761.
  4. Updated parts: 1 Introduction, 3 Eligibility, 9 Special aids and equipment, 16 Overpayments.
  5. Published revised version to include guidance on new rules about self-employment and a cap on the amount people can receive.
  6. Clarified guidance for staff on the topics of self-employment, company directors, requests for reconsideration, mental health support services, car parking charges, government departments, and additional evidence.
  7. Updated guidance about support workers at paragraph 366 of the guide.
  8. First published.