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Work Choice

Work choice is a scheme for disabled people who are experiencing complex barriers to work, or are in work and at risk of losing a job as a result of disability.  This may also apply to self-employment.  Disabled people will only be accepted for Work Choice if they cannot be helped by other JobcentrePlus programmes.

Support is dependent on needs, but may include:

Work Choice offers two levels of help:

Applications should be made to a Disability Employment Advisor or Work Coach at a local JobcentrePlus office.

Access to Work

Access to work is an employment support scheme  which aims to help more disabled people start or stay in work. It can provide practical and financial support for people who have a disability or long term physical or mental health condition. Support can be provided where someone needs help or adaptations beyond reasonable adjustments. An Access to Work grant can pay for practical support to help an employee stay in work, or to support someone who is self-employed .  Disabled people  must be in – or be about to enter – paid employment.  The scheme might also be used to help reduce an individual’s absence from work.

Support could include funding for accessibility issues,  special aids or equipment,  assistance with transport, support workers, etc and is decided on a case by case basis.  Employers may be expected to contribute to the cost, depending on the size of the organisation.

In this Scheme disability is defined as in the Equality Act, but is extended to include impairments and health conditions that are only apparent in the work place.