Access to Work grant (UK) for wheelchairs and mobility equipment

An Access to Work Grant can pay for practical support if you have a disability, health or mental health condition.  The grant is not for business start-up costs and how much you get depends on your circumstances.  The money doesn’t have to be paid back and will not affect your other benefits.

You’ll need to have a good reason for needing an off-road wheelchair for work purposes – field work, conservation, construction, and other outdoor work could be relevant.  If you’re already working, if possible talk to your HR department.  Your employer, or you will need to contribute around 25% towards the chair.

For further information about the grant visit the website here: Gov/Access to Work 

They have a national email address:  for any further queries you might have.

Overview of the Process:

Previous customers who have applied for the grant have been told that the individual seeking the help from Access to Work needs to contact them directly by calling 0845 2688 489 or 0345 2688 489 to go through the application process which will last approximately 10 minutes.  Once your details have been taken you will be passed on and allocated to an adviser, who will then contact you in due course to discuss your support and how Access to Work can help you.

You’ll need 3 quotes for the wheelchair, obviously we sell direct to UK customers so it could be tricky getting other quotes and any quotes coming from a supplier is likely to be more expensive than direct from us.

Once your grant has been approved it is then a question of who buys the chair.

  • If you buy it, it’s VAT-free and it is definitely yours if you leave your employer.  But of course it means you being in a position to pay out for a few weeks whilst A2W and your employer reimburse you.
  • If your employer buys it, they will pay and can reclaim VAT, but there is then the teeniest question over whose chair it is should you leave – however there shouldn’t be many employers who would say ‘it’s ours’ and try and take it off you should you leave / your contract end.  But, just be cautious as you never know…!

For further information on how to claim visit this section of the Access to Work website, here.

We have a number of customer who have successfully applied for the grant, so it is worth while finding out if you think you might be eligible.

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