Access to Work is a government initiative that provides financial support to ensure that someone’s disability or health condition does not hold them back at work. As part of this the Minister for Disabled People has announced a new Tech Fund: this fund means that medium and large employers will no longer be required to pay a mandatory contribution towards the cost of assistive technology.
The funding aims to help to break down the barriers that disabled people can face at work and help to create more inclusive workplaces. Applications are welcome from people with a paid job, who are over 16 years old with a disability or health condition and live in England Scotland or Wales.
Employers will be able to make a significant saving through the Tech Fund. Before the new rules were introduced, medium employers paid the first £500 towards technological solutions and large employers paid the first £1,000, with both paying 20% of the cost thereafter up to £10,000. Applications can be submitted at any time.