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Claiming Access to Work during the coronavirus outbreak for people in paid work

During the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, you can still get help from Access to Work if you have a disability or a physical or mental health condition that makes it hard for you to do your job and you need to work from home.

You cannot claim help from Access to Work if you are no longer working. If you already have an Access to Work award, you can start using it again when you start working.

If your support needs change what you need to do

If you have started to work from home, but your support needs are the same, you do not need to report this.

If the support you need changes, for example because you have started to work from home, you need to tell Access to Work.

You need to report any changes to your circumstances during and after the coronavirus outbreak as they may affect the amount of your award.

To report a change phone 0800 121 7479

Following your report

An Access to Work adviser will discuss working from home with you and your employer to understand what support is needed.

If they cannot identify the support you need, they will put you in touch with a workplace assessor. They will work with you and your employer to recommend how to overcome the barriers you face.

If you need extra support

If you need extra support but have reached, or have nearly reached, the maximum amount of your award, speak to your Access to Work adviser.

You can continue to get a grant of up to £60,700 a year. If you have not yet spent all the award, your adviser can work with you to agree how to spend the rest of the money.

Support workers or Job Coaches

You can continue to use your existing support worker or job coach while working from home.

If you need to cancel a support worker or job coach at short notice and are charged a fee, you may be able to claim that money.

Travel costs

Access to Work can only pay towards travel costs needed because of your disability or health condition.

If you are no longer travelling to work, you should not claim for any travel support. You can start receiving support towards travel when you start travelling to work again.

You do not need to get evidence to support your claim for travel expenses during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Claiming for costs

You now have 9 months to claim for costs. This has increased from 6 months because of coronavirus.

If you cannot get your employer or your support worker/job coach to sign your claim for costs, you can ask them to send you an email instead. The email should confirm that the costs you are claiming are correct. You will need to print the email and post it to Access to Work with your claim.

If you cannot leave home or ask someone else to post your claim for costs, contact your Access to Work adviser and ask if you can send your claim by email. They will tell you what you need to do.

If you have a question about your payments phone the helpline number which is 0800 121 7479.

Renewals

Access to Work will contact you 12 weeks before your support is due to end. If you would like your support to continue, you will need to apply to renew it.

If your award includes costs for a support worker or job coach and your circumstances have not changed, the award will be extended for 6 months because of coronavirus. You will still need to apply to renew your award.

Assessments for new applications

DWP is taking new applications for Access to Work grants.

DWP is prioritising making grants for new claims from critical workers and people due to start work within 4 weeks.

After you apply for Access to Work, an adviser will contact you to discuss what help you could get. You may need an assessment of your workplace to assess your needs.

If you need to have an assessment, it will be carried out by telephone during the coronavirus outbreak.

If you know what support you need, you do not need to have an assessment.

An Access to Work adviser will discuss the award with you and develop a tailored package of support.

Access to work factsheet

Claiming Access to Work during the coronavirus outbreak for Supported internships

During the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, you can still get help from Access to Work if you have a disability or a physical or mental health condition that makes it hard for you to do your job and you need to work from home.

If you are on a Department for Education supported internship, Access to Work can continue to help towards any work-related support the young person needs.

It cannot help with any educational support.

As the internship may last longer, Access to Work may renew the young person’s award.  Please talk to the advisor who agreed the award.

Claiming for costs

You now have 9 months to claim for costs. This has increased because of coronavirus.

If you cannot get your educator or your support worker/job coach to sign the claim for costs, you can ask them to send an email instead. The email should confirm that the costs that are being claiming are correct. You will need to print the email and send it to Access to Work with the claim.

Access to work factsheet

Information, support and advice for those aged 16 – 19 in Devon, Plymouth, Somerset and Torbay.

CSW Group, a not-for-profit social enterprise who deliver a range of services nationally. We provide contracts that support businesses, young people and adults through key transition points. We deliver services that build aspiration and turn it into achievement, unlocking potential and developing individuals and organisations.

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The #Focus5 project provides unique, flexible, one-to-one support to young people aged 15-18 across Devon, Plymouth, Torbay and Somerset, who may be struggling to move forwards in life.

We’re funded to support those who are not in education, employment or training (NEET) or at risk of becoming so. We also help home-educated youngsters or anyone out of education or employment for medical reasons. For young parents returning to learning or employment, childcare funding is available whilst they’re working with us.

Funded by the European Social Fund and the National Lottery Community Fund we help young people take steps back into education, employment or training. We encourage the development of the ‘5’ key skills identified by employers as being gateways to employment: Communication – Customer Service – Organisation – Problem Solving – Teamwork.

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STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths)

“Home learning support for families.

To support parents and carers with home learning, our subject experts have put together a selection of activities and materials, all of which are completely free for everyone to access.

For teachers and educators: explore free resources, guidance and professional development opportunities to help you to continue educating young people while they are at home.
Our subject experts are available weekdays from 8:30 am to 4.30 pm via our webchat.
Please note, all activities provided require parental support.”
STEM has also compiled a list of apps available to enable children to stay engaged with learning if they can’t fully access all of the resources schools have set. This is available on their website.
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NHS – Children and Young People Mental Health Services (CAMHS)

“CYPMHS is used as a term for all services that work with children and young people who have difficulties with their emotional or behavioural wellbeing.

Local areas have a number of different support services available.

These might be from the statutory, voluntary or school-based sector, such as an NHS trust, local authority, school or charitable organisation.”

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Young Minds

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“At Devon Young Carers we work with young people aged 4 to 18 who help look after someone in their family, or a friend, who is ill, disabled or misuses drugs and alcohol. We work to make sure that young carers are supported through our service and others, which can include specialist advice, access to respite opportunities and 1:1 support as identified in an assessment.

For more information about support in your area, please contact us at Devon Carers Helpline on:

t: 03456 434 435 or e: youngcarers@devoncarers.org.uk

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“Young Devon is the largest young people’s charity in the South West. Our mission is to make Devon a better place for all young people. Each year we work with over 2,000 young people, building quality relationships to help them thrive.”

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Somerset

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Education Guidance for Parents and Carers
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Schools and Education

  • Childcare – if you are a key worker living in Somerset and your childcare provision is closed please apply for childcare help.
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  • Free School meal provision during school closure – families of children eligible for free school meals will either continue to receive meals or a £15 weekly voucher.
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  • Home learning ­– schools are working hard to provide learning for students at home. If you are unsure of what your child should be doing please check your school’s website for guidance. If you are still unclear please contact the school. Resources are also available from Somerset Education Business Partnership
  • Post 16 College Places – If you have received an offer from a college in Somerset, then that offer remains in place. If you have not yet applied but intend to do so, please submit your application as soon as possible. This helps colleges to decide if courses are viable and to plan staffing and timetables. Visit each college website for further information.
  • Applying for Apprenticeships
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  • Disruption to your apprenticeship –  If you are furloughed please discuss your ongoing learning with your employer and apprenticeship provider. If you are made redundant your apprenticeship provider will support you to seek new employment.
Guidance for apprentices, employers, training providers and assessment organisations in response to the impact of COVID-19
  • Higher Education – UCAS has extended the deadline for universities to make undergraduate offers and will email all affected applicants.
Advice on considering University Offers
  • Well-being – If you are anxious about COVID 19 please see www.youngminds.org.uk  for practical ideas to maintain good mental health.
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