Friday, 3 May 2019

121: Understanding A2W funding.

Access to Work fundingWow! a £1,000 ($1300), a week (where do I sign).

Getting Access to Work funding Our leaflet was put together to assist people with a hearing loss to apply for Access to Work funding. The Access to Work funding is there to help you to access deaf equipment (such as radio aids) and services (such as Speech to Text Reporters or British Sign Language interpreters). 

This helpsheet covers England, Scotland and Wales. If you are in Northern Ireland, this is a separate system and outside the scope of this leaflet. Access to Work funding is available for people in various kinds of paid work as outlined at https://www.gov.uk/access-to-work/eligibility Access to Work is not available for voluntary work. If you are about to start or are in a new job, you need to apply for Access to Work funding within 6 weeks or your employer may have to pay more contributions towards equipment and travel support – a system called “cost share rules”. 

 From the 1st of April 2018, Access to Work will cap its annual awards at £57,200 a year. This may mean you need to think creatively about your award and how to get the best out of it. The Access to Work application or renewal process can take quite a long time and the rules are complex. We hope the advice in this leaflet will prepare you for what is needed, help you manage the application process and speed things up as much as possible. The process can be very stressful and difficult to manage. 

We have a lot of experience with Access to Work funding for deaf and hard of hearing people. We’re able to advise you on how to make a successful application for Access to Work funding. 


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