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DWP launches digital Access to Work service


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Mims Davies
Mims Davies
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The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has launched a digital service for disabled people to apply for elements of the Access to Work scheme.

It said this is designed to make it easier for them to apply for support in getting into or staying in work.

Core elements of the scheme – which DWP said assisted 400,000 disabled people moving into work last year – that can be applied for through the digital channel include specials aids and equipment, support works, travel to work, adaptions to premises or equipment and communications support at an interview. They can also claim online for payments to support these elements.

Helping thousands

Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work, Mims Davies, said: “Access to Work helps thousands of disabled people and those returning to work who are sick by giving them and their employers the resources to help introduce suitable workplace adjustments.

“Digitisation of Access to Work further modernises the programme to make it easier to apply for grants or claim payments. For many, the customer experience will be a lot easier and more efficient with no difference in the information requested from the department.”

The service is available through GOV.UK. People will still be able to make claims for Access to Work via telephone and post.


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