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There is a range of schemes and incentives to help you to employ
a disabled person.
You should be able to obtain information on all of these through
your local job centre.
Access to work
This provides support to disabled people entering paid employment,
to help overcome obstacles in the workplace. It can help with
the cost of special aids and equipment, adaptation to premises
or equipment, travel to work, or a support worker such as a
The programme can provide 80% of approved costs for a disabled
employee in work, between £300 threshhold and £10,000, and all
costs over £10,000.
It can also help
with costs such as that of providing a communicator at interview.
This provides a weekly grant of £75 towards the cost of employing
a disabled person for an initial trial period. This is usually
for 6 weeks although it may be extended to 13 weeks.
The Supported Employment
This provides jobs for severely disabled people, and gives them
the opportunity to realise their potential working alongside
non-disabled colleagues. The Employment Service works with the
local authorities and non-profit making voluntary bodies who
act as providers for the Supported employment programme. Providers
negotiate support to the employer and the employee, which may
include a contribution to wage costs, practical advice, job
coach support, or a combination of these.
Employers can be
small commercial or industrial companies, major banks, local
authority departments, multi-national organisations or high
street stores. It fact they can be anyone who can provide meaningful
work alongside non-disabled people in an ordinary working environment.
Jobs are expected
to be permanent, and terms and conditions of employment must
be the same as, or similar to those of other employees doing
the same or similar work.
The New Deal for
The New Deal is piloting a range of voluntary initiatives to
help those with jobs remain in work, and to help those on incapacity
benefits into work.
on this telephone 0845 606 2626 (text phone 0845 606 0680).
ACAS runs seminars
for employers and offers advice on good practice. They also
publish handbooks to help employers. For further information,
telephone 01455 852 225.