Access to Work campaign

The Access to Work scheme helps a significant number of blind and partially sighted people who are in employment. 

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) reports that Access to Work helps over 5,000 people who have difficulty seeing, which is the second largest user group who use the fund.

Access to Work can pay for a range of support, from specialist equipment to a support worker or taxi fares. The Government says it intends to greatly increase the numbers helped by the scheme, but we want to make sure the resources are expanded too, so there isn't tighter rationing. The key for blind and partially sighted people is a much larger budget, so that the scheme can be expanded without weakening the necessary support to individuals. We are working hard to achieve this.

Thanks to everyone who completed our Access to Work survey. Your responses have informed our new report on the strengths and problems of the Access to Work scheme, and how it could be improved. You can read the report to find out more about those recommendations.

If you have any stories of how Access to Work has helped you, please get in touch and share your story by emailing campaigns@rnib.org.uk or calling 020 7391 2123.

You can read our updated policy statement to find out more.

Work, Health and Disability Green Paper

In October 2016, the Government released its long awaited Work, Health and Disability Green Paper. The Green Paper aims to tackle the barriers that disabled people face in employment, in a wide-ranging consultation covering employment, health and social security issues. Thank you to everyone who responded to the Government's call for views on how it can better support disabled people into work and to stay in work. We're eagerly awaiting the Government's response so watch this space!

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It's vital that blind and partially sighted people have access to employment. Find out what we're doing to ensure that blind and partially sighted people have equal access to employment and services such as Access to Work are protected.

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