Access to Work (JCP)

PIPELINE STAGE Stage 1. Engagement and Referral Stage 2. Barrier Removal Stage 3. Vocational activity Stage 4. Employer Engagement Stage 5. In work support
Organisation  Jobcentre Plus
Project Name (if applicable):  Access to Work
Main Contact:
Eligibility for Programme:  To be eligible for the programme you must:

  • Have a disability, health condition or mental health condition that affects your ability to work
  • Be 16 or over
  • Live in Scotland

Your work – one of the following must apply:

  • You have a paid job
  • You’re self-employed
  • You have a job interview
  • You’re about to start a job or work trial
  • You’re starting work experience

Your condition – your disability or health condition must either:

  • Affect your ability to do a job
  • Mean you have to pay work-related costs, for example special computer equipment or travel costs because you can’t use public transport

It must also either:

  • Be likely to last at least a year
  • Have lasted at least a year already

Mental Health Conditions – your mental health condition must both:

  • Affect your ability to do a job
  • Mean you need support to start a new job, reduce absence from work or stay in work
Referral Procedures:  Apply online at
Location Project Delivered At:  N/A
Dates Project Delivered:  Ongoing
Pipeline Stages:  5
Age Group:  16 yrs+
Programme Outline: An Access to Work grant can pay for practical support if you have a disability, health or mental health condition to help you:

  • Start working
  • Stay in work
  • Move into self-employment or start a business (the grant is not for business start-up costs)

The money doesn’t have to be paid back and will not affect your other benefits.

Additional Information: Further information on access to work can be found at: