Cat from the MS community: What kind of things does the Access to Work scheme cover?
Ian Milton, Access to Work at the Department of Work and Pensions: Access to Work can help with specialist equipment and technology and to overcome some of the physical barriers within the workplace. That does include software as well and assistive tech. Additionally, Access to Work can help with travel to and from work, so if you do encounter difficulties in being able to use public transport because of a condition, then Access to Work can consider helping with those additional costs. Access to Work also has support worker elements, such as job aids, job coaches, and also Access to Work has the mental health support service, which is a nine-month tailored package of support to help overcome those barriers with coping with mental health within the workplace.
Cat: Does someone applying for the Access to Work scheme need to worry about funding for themselves?
Ian Milton: No, an individual shouldn’t need to worry about the funding for Access to Work. There is an upper limit to the amount an individual can receive for Access to Work, which at the moment is £57,200 per annum, and that is up-rated every April.