4. Work Choice

Work Choice can help you to employ a disabled person who needs specialist support.

It’s a voluntary programme to help:

  • disabled people who find it hard to get and keep a job
  • employed people whose jobs are at risk because of their disability

Work Choice is delivered by various organisations from the public, private and third sectors (‘providers’).

A provider will work with you to develop a package of support specially designed for your business and the individual with the aim of developing their skills.

You can offer any type of work but it must be 16 hours or more per week to qualify.

Wage incentives

You could claim a wage incentive if you offer a job lasting 26 weeks to an 18 to 24-year-old who’s participating in Work Choice.

Weekly hours of work What you can claim
30 or more £2,275
16 to 29 £1,137.50

You can claim when the person has been employed for 26 weeks (if you’ve got less than 50 employees, you can claim part payment 8 weeks after they start work).

How to claim

Contact your local Work Choice provider for more information.

You can also contact Remploy, who deliver Work Choice nationally.

Remploy
es.wis@remploy.co.uk
Telephone: 0845 155 2810
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Right to Control areas

The ‘Right to Control’ allows disabled people to decide how to spend funding they get from several different places.

If you’re in an area that’s a ‘Right to Control Trailblazer’ and you’re recruiting a young disabled person who gets a Work Choice Direct Payment, contact your Disability Employment Adviser.

The ‘trailblazer’ areas are:

  • Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council
  • Epsom and Ewell Borough Council
  • Essex County Council
  • Leicester City Council
  • London Borough of Barnet
  • London Borough of Newham
  • Reigate and Banstead Borough Council
  • Sheffield City Council
  • Manchester Area Partnership (includes Manchester, Oldham, Bury, Stockport and Trafford)

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