New help for disabled people wanting to start their own business

Date: 14-10-2013

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Disabled people who want to set up in business can now receive help through Access to Work grants which are now available to people enrolled in the New Enterprise Allowance (NEA) scheme. This means that disabled people who want to start their own businesses can now get extra support through this combination of programmes.

Access to Work helps people with a disability, health or mental health condition to overcome work-related difficulties that result from their disability.

The NEA helps unemployed people to start their own business through a combination of finance and mentoring support. NEA participants can receive a weekly allowance, access to a loan to help with start-up costs, and support from a volunteer business mentor. The business mentor can help develop their business idea and offer support through the early stages of trading.

Now, disabled people enrolled in the NEA can receive additional support through Access to Work to help pay for necessary specialised equipment, support workers and travel costs to get their business started. This support is now available to help more disabled people become self-employed.

Minister for Disabled People, Esther McVey, said: "If 2013 is the year aspiring disabled people want to set up in business - then Access to Work can help. Through this scheme I am determined to get more disabled people into mainstream jobs."

For more information about Access to work visit: www.gov.uk/access-to-work

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