Access to Work scheme expanded to support disabled workers throughout pandemic

Disabled people working from home as a result of the coronavirus pandemic can now apply for grant funding to support remote working, it has been announced.

The measure forms part of the Access to Work scheme, which ensures that reasonable adjustments are made so that people with disabilities can take up or remain in work.

According to the report, disabled people covered by the scheme can now apply for funding to help them adapt to remote working or travelling throughout the pandemic.

This includes taxi fares if a health condition prevents them from travelling on public transport during the pandemic or special equipment such as a screen reader. The funding could also go towards remote video interpreting or mental health and support worker services.

The Government says that funding can be fast-tracked should you fall in the “clinically extremely vulnerable group”.

Commenting on the announcement, Justin Tomlinson, Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work, said: “In these unprecedented times, it is absolutely right that we continue to support disabled people to pursue employment without barriers.

“This extension of funding and support will help to protect thousands of jobs which provide vital independence allowing disabled people to reach their full potential.”

The latest statistics suggest that the Access to Work scheme supports 36,000 people with disabilities and health conditions to do their job.

If you are an employer, you should ensure that disabled workers have access to the support and resources they need to undertake their role without disadvantage. For employment law advice, please get in touch with our expert team today.