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Disability and Work

Key information

Help for people with disabilities when looking for a job and while working is available through employment support services and a number of Government schemes.

This section provides more information.

Applies to: England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland


If you need advice – whether or not you are currently working – your local Jobcentre Plus (England, Scotland and Wales)(link opens in a new window) or local Jobcentre/Jobs and Benefits Offices (Northern Ireland) (link opens in a new window) can put you in touch with one of their Disability Employment Advisers.

Depending on your needs, they may be able to offer you:

  • Advice on your current working situation, including possible adjustments to make your job easier to manage
  • Employment assessments
  • Referrals to work programmes to suit your individual needs
  • Job-matching and referral services

Financial help may also be available through the welfare benefits system to help you meet the costs of travel to work or purchase any pieces of equipment that you need to retain or obtain employment.

Trade unions, staff associations and professional organisations attached to your occupation may also be able to provide support and advice.

The Gov.UK website has information on Looking for work if you're disabled, disability employment advisers and disability work schemes such as Access to Work (link opens in a new window)

If you live in Northern Ireland, the NI Direct website has information on Employment Support (link opens in a new window).


Last updated: 15 November 2012

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