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    Access to work

    What is Access to Work

    Access to work is a gov lead department that supports and provides practical help to adults (16yrs +) who live in Scotland, England or Wales, who have a condition into or to remain in work with specialist support and funding.

    What help is provided

    Help is provided if your condition affects your ability to do a job. Travel safely to work or require special computer equipment to carry out job.

    How much and what can I apply for.

    Since October 2015 funding is capped at £40,800.

    . What you’ll get
    There is no set amount for an Access to Work grant. How much you get depends on your circumstances.
    The money can pay for things like:
    • adaptations to the equipment you use
    • special equipment
    • fares to work if you can’t use public transport
    • a support worker or job coach to help you in your workplace
    • a support service if you have a mental health condition and you’re absent from work or finding it difficult to work
    • disability awareness training for your colleagues
    • a communicator at a job interview
    • the cost of moving your equipment if you change location or job

    How to Claim

    Details on how to claim can be found on https://www.gov.uk/access-to-work/how-to-claim (have pasted link as number may change during life of this thread)

    Application process was really easy, simply phone up and give them your contact details and national insurance. They will assign you to a claims handler who will call back within few days to chat about item or help needed. You then get quotes and send them off.

    Will I need to contribute?

    What you will pay will depend on the cost of item, the size of your workplace as the Employer/access to work contribution is linked to number of employee’s. You also may find your employer is happy to pay your contribution as well. Funding for chairs are also linked to the days you work and what they call “social domestic days” if you work five mornings it is calculated you pay for 2/7 for the sat sun. I work 2 full days and a half so I would need to contribute for 2 week days and the weekend as my social domestic use. despite the fact that my friend who works 5 half days and same over all hours as me only need contribute to weekend use.

    What help have I received.

    Auto remote door closer on disabled WC and reception doors. (employers purchased under the reasonable adjustment rules)

    Power-chairs with functions like riser to enable me to function and reach photocopiers to to my job.

    My own personal Printer to reduce fatigue when I still walked. (employers purchased under the reasonable adjustment rules)

    Taxi to work (I make contribution to this. Award is so much per mile)

    Before it was law to do so, employer moved the Disabled bay from 30 spaces away from door to next to door and dropped kerb (under reasonable adjustment rules)

    What can I get in future as my condition progresses.

    As my MD progresses, I will ultimately require personal care at work and also some support to not do my job but to aid in my job ie. Access to work could fund a PA to carry my files and laptop, open doors around building, take my notes, reach items. Drive me to work etc.

    Useful links

    https://www.gov.uk/reasonable-adjustments-for-disabled-workers

    https://www.gov.uk/browse/disabilities/work

    https://www.gov.uk/access-to-work

    Lets share

    It would be really helpful to hear what others have applied for and benefited from in the workplace. Its not always clear whats out there.

    """""""What doesn't kill you makes you stronger""""""

    Cat (Mod) Cat (Mod)
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    #134361
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    Thank You for posting this!

    I thought with all the horrible cuts that this no longer
    existed. Delighted to find it is still available to help
    disabled people.

    I had it in 2000 and it did enable me to prolong my
    working life for a time. In fact three times I used
    the equipment to help me return to working.

    It was wonderful! They sent experts to assess me and my needs.
    they worked out my best option was to work from home and
    came up with a custom built office in my spare bedroom. The grant
    was about £ 1550 and funded lumbar support chair, footrests,
    purpose built workstation, and professional quality sPeech
    recognition software. Numerous other small adaptations too
    and it all worked magnificently.

    Give it a try!

    "Even if you are not paranoid, it does not mean they are not out to get you!".

    taungfox
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    #134362
    Reply To: Access to work

    When eventually progression sets in they sent somebody to
    collect it all so some other disabled person can make use of it.

    They did leave a few cushions I had “compromised” by sitting
    on for a couple of years and I sadly forgot to give them
    The backup copy of the very expensive software.

    "Even if you are not paranoid, it does not mean they are not out to get you!".

    taungfox
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    #134364
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    When eventually progression sets in they sent somebody to
    collect it all so some other disabled person can make use of it.

    They did leave a few cushions I had “compromised” by sitting
    on for a couple of years and I sadly forgot to give them
    The backup copy of the very expensive software.

    glad they was able to create solutions to keep you working as long as possible.

    """""""What doesn't kill you makes you stronger""""""

    Cat (Mod) Cat (Mod)
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    #135836
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    Update. My ATW funded Chair has been ordered and should be delivered mid September.

    Quick recap on my process. I applied in January to ATW. Getting the 3 like for like quotes proved difficult and time consuming as did getting the correct paperwork proving assessment and my needs from NHS wheelchair service. but once paperwork in order it only took ATW 2 weeks to approve. then chair was swiftly ordered by my employer who picked up my contribution too.

    """""""What doesn't kill you makes you stronger""""""

    Cat (Mod) Cat (Mod)
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    #135894
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    Glad things are progressing so well. Thanks for
    keeping us informed.

    Had forgotten the bit about getting three quotes for each
    item. That was a frustrating thing.

    The lumber support chair was my most extensive item.

    Do bit further though, the moment you stop working they
    Will come and remove it.

    "Even if you are not paranoid, it does not mean they are not out to get you!".

    taungfox
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    #135896
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    Glad things are progressing so well. Thanks for
    keeping us informed.

    Had forgotten the bit about getting three quotes for each
    item. That was a frustrating thing.

    The lumber support chair was my most extensive item.

    Do bit further though, the moment you stop working they
    Will come and remove it.

    I am surprised at them taking the stuff back, especially sort of prescribed items. they have never asked for my old chairs back. PC equipment I see why but not cushions thats mean

    """""""What doesn't kill you makes you stronger""""""

    Cat (Mod) Cat (Mod)
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    #135939
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    Blighters took the £ 700 RH4 Logic chair, the Workstation, the
    safety grab rails, even the voice recognition software discs!

    They did forget the footrest and I use it to this day!!!

    "Even if you are not paranoid, it does not mean they are not out to get you!".

    taungfox
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    #184315
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    I passed my 10th year of unemployment in December. Glad to hear about all you folks being assisted at work, but can’t help wondering why my local Job Centre + were bemused, when I asked for some sort of help into work. They couldn’t seem to understand why someone in receipt of ESA was darkening their door; sort of “you get money, yes, what do you want here?”

    I’ve told this tale before, so won’t repeat it all, but surely there is more available than just a leaflet for Remploy? This was from the supposed DEA in the JC+.

    ranald
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    #184347
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    Hi ranald

    Been a while :) hope you and the girls are well. Think your experience must be bad training and management in your branch as when I worked in job center for a spell many years ago the branch themselves had a disability liaison officer to aid their own staff. So really no excuse for not knowing the gate way access to employment for disabled. And no disabled employment isn’t and shouldn’t be simply remploy, whom I actually thought was gone.

    What area is it you live in ranald?

    """""""What doesn't kill you makes you stronger""""""

    Cat (Mod) Cat (Mod)
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    #184361
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    Hi Cat, thanks for replying. Both my daughters are well, in fact, the eldest will be 17 tomorrow.

    I live in the east of Scotland, and regarding Remploy (In partnership with Maximus), they are now one of those “Crapita” type agencies; the ones who claim the credit for the client finding a job on the governments’ job site. (Whatever it’s called these days)

    I didn’t really mean to open up this old wound again, I am well aware of the meaning of the term “parked’; it’s just I can suddenly, out of the blue, be surprised anew that they allow us to sit on benefits for decades, slowly rotting away!

    If I hadn’t been getting divorced at the time, I might have been more persistent with my employer back in 2009, back when there might have been a chance at re-training. (Little chance, the office was up two flights of stairs, with no lift, and I was an un-educated bus driver!)

    It’s hard enough for folk my age to get back into work, never mind if they are disabled or ill, I wouldn’t exactly be enamoured of a guy with a 10 year employment gap; there would have to be some sort of government backed incentive scheme on offer.

    I’m pretty much answering my own question here. If the government really cared about helping us back into work, we would be getting constantly prodded and directed towards this scheme or that. The fact they don’t, tells it’s own story.

    Hi ranald

    Been a while :) hope you and the girls are well. Think your experience must be bad training and management in your branch as when I worked in job center for a spell many years ago the branch themselves had a disability liaison officer to aid their own staff. So really no excuse for not knowing the gate way access to employment for disabled. And no disabled employment isn’t and shouldn’t be simply remploy, whom I actually thought was gone.

    What area is it you live in ranald?

    ranald
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    #184379
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    When I was working, I took on someone with a similar work record to your own. They were helped through the process by the ATW people, so please do not give up hope. One of the saddest things about all of this is the disgraceful comment they made. Working is not just about money, it is about all sorts of other things.
    Have you considered self employment?

    Mike

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    #184415
    Reply To: Access to work

    I did once try to set up a food bank, independent of the Trussell Trust, but they have a unique advantage over most others – church halls; those cavernous spaces that are ideally suited to the running of foodbanks!

    Today I fell badly in the house, hurting my wrist. I also cracked my head on the pavement recently, resulting in an ambulance callout. I took the sensible decision today to order a pair of walking poles. I have struggled with my self-doubt for far too long on this subject, it was time to just do it. I came to the belief that my feeling ashamed to use walking aids was secondary to the bigger issue. Ambulance staff are hard enough pressed, and certainly don’t need the added pressure of over proud MD sufferers demanding their attention.

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