Access to Work: a guide for the arts and cultural sector – Self-Employed


Hi, Iím Jess Thom. Iím a white woman
in my thirtiesbiscuitwith short, dark brown hair and a very cool wheelchair.biscuits, biscuitI also have Touretteís Syndromebiscuit, biscuitwhich means I make movements
and noises I canít controlbiscuitcalled tics.
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Iím here with Deepa Shastri,biscuita deaf Indian woman,
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5ft tall
and in her 40’s.biscuitShe’s medium built and
currently pregnant.life giving, biscuitDeepa will be communicating
everything that I am saying in British sign language
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except my tics
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but these will be
in the captions. Access to Work is a Department
for Work and Pensions fundbiscuitwhich can help cover some
of the extra costs of carrying out your job,
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or travelling to,
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from and
during work because youíre deaf or disabled.biscuit, cats, biscuitThis film is part
of a series of threebiscuitthat explain the process
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of applying to Access to Work
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to help the arts and cultural
sector to make use of the fund.biscuit, biscuitThere is one for
employed people one for employers
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and this one,
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which is for self-
employed people.biscuit, and catsThroughout the film
weíll be moving through Battersea Arts Centre,
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a beautiful old Victorian
town hall,biscuitas we tell you about
different elements of applying for
Access to Work.biscuit, cats, biscuitWeíll cover eligibility,
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what you can apply for, the application process and managing monthly claims.
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For each section weíll also
give you top tips from colleagues,
and other organisations biscuitwho employ people who get
Access to Work support.beans, biscuit, cats,
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Letís talk about who can apply
for Access to Work.biscuitTo get help you must
be deaf, disabled or living with a long-term
health condition which means you face barriers
doing your job.biscuit, biscuitYou must also be 16 or over.
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There is no upper age limit. You must live and work in
England, Scotland or Wales.biscuitYou canít get Access to Work if you live in the Channel
Islands or the Isle of Man and there is a different system
in Northern Irelandbiscuit, catsTo be eligible for
Access to Work you must either have submitted
a self-assessment tax returnbiscuitor be ready to fill one in for the end of the current
financial year.biscuit, biscuit, biscuitYour turnover must meet the
lower earnings limitbiscuitwhich is currently
£6,025 per year (correct as of April 2019). If you are new to
self-employment, you have twelve months to test
out your earning potential whilst getting support from
Access to Work.biscuit, biscuit, biscuitYou must meet the lower
earnings limit by the end of your second year
of self-employment.biscuitAccess to Workís criteria for being satisfied that you
are self-employed are: You will need to identify
what support youíll need to make your everyday
work accessible.biscuit, hedgehog, biscuit,
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There might be one-off
access equipment costs,biscuitbut also ongoing
support required.biscuit, hedgehogAlthough in reality, your work
might vary wildly, you must be able to quantify the access support you will need in terms of a typical
working week.biscuit, hedgehog, biscuitAccess to Work can cover
the costs of equipment, travel and support workers.beans, biscuitEquipment covers adaptations
and new equipment that is needed for
access reasons.biscuit, hedgehogIf public transport is not
accessible to you, Access to Work can help pay
towards the cost of getting around
to do your workbeans, biscuitand then pay for a massage
so you can relax in a bath.
hedgehog, biscuitAccess to Work will consider
funding a support worker if there are no other
options available.biscuit, cats, biscuit,
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The Access to Work support
worker categories are:biscuit, biscuitbiscuitAccess to Work will not pay for a support worker to give
nursing or personal care.biscuitSupport starts when you are
ready to start the working day.beans, like now, and now,
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You can also apply for
additional support worker hours to assist with monthly
Access to Work claim forms.biscuit, catsYou can apply online, by phone, textphone, BSL video relay or NGT text relay.
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The assessors may not be
familiar with your specific medical condition,
impairment or access requirements.
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You should be prepared for this and able to clearly
articulate your situation in a way that the assessors
will understand.biscuitItís a good idea to have a
trusted friend or colleague to lean on for support
throughout the process.biscuitThe three main questions on
the application form are:biscuitWhat are your conditions
or disabilities?biscuit, biscuitDo you want some help
to get to work?biscuit, biscuitDoes your condition make
it harder for you to do your job?biscuit, cats, biscuitSome of these questions have
follow-up questions where you can provide more
detail on the barriers you face and what support you need.biscuit, biscuit, biscuitYou are then asked to provide
your contact information and employment details.heyAfter you complete the
initial application form, Access to Work advisor
will contact you to ask for additional
information such as evidence of
access requirementsbiscuit
from a medical professional,biscuitfor example your GP.biscuit, cats, sausage,
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There are specialist
disability teams within Access to Work who
are more familiar with access needs around
certain impairments.biscuitThis doesnít necessarily
guarantee they will be familiar with your
specific medical condition, disability or access
requirements.biscuitYou should be able
to clearly articulate situation so that the advisor
fully understands the barriers you face.beans, biscuitIf you are unsure what
support is available, the Access to Work adviser can discuss the
options with you, but it is helpful if you
research and know your access support needs
in advance.biscuit, cats, hedgehog,biscuitAssuming you are
assessed as eligible,biscuit
an assessor may visit your workplace to assess
your needs. biscuit If the process is
completed successfully,biscuityou will receive an
offer of support.ta-dah, biscuit, biscuitYou will then be told
how much you’ll get, and for how long.
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To accept the offer you will
need to complete the declaration within four weeks of the
date of the offer.sausage, table tennishedgehog, biscuitYou may need to pay for some
of your access costs upfront.biscuitfor example, travel.
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and then be reimbursed
by Access to Workbiscuit, cats, hedgehog,
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Access to Work will
send you a form for claiming the amount of
support you usebiscuit
on a monthly basis.sausage, biscuitFor every calendar month
you use support, you need to post a
completed claim form,biscuitalong with any relevant
receipts and invoices.biscuit, cats hedgehog,
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If you use a support worker, they will need to sign
the form too.biscuitYour claim must arrive within
6 months of the activity for which you are claiming.
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This guide has been produced
by Disability Arts Online with funding from
Arts Council England.biscuit, biscuitFor the full guide,
alternative formats and links to other resources visit disabilityarts.online/ATWta-dah, biscuitThank you for watching and we hope this was helpful.

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