Job support for young people

Financial support

Access to Work

An Access to Work grant can pay for practical support if you have a disability, health or mental health condition to help you:

  • start working
  • stay in work
  • move into self-employment or start a business

The grant is not for business start-up costs.

How much you get depends on your circumstances.

The money doesn’t have to be paid back and will not affect your other benefits.

Full information on this scheme is on the GOV.UK – Access to Work website (link opens in new window).

You can also find useful advice on Access to Work from


You can also Check the GOV.UK benefits calculators website (link opens in new window) to find out if starting work affects your benefits.

Advice Central

Advice Central (link opens in new window) provides information, advice and guidance within Central Bedfordshire. In 2012, the Cabinet Office, alongside the BIG Lottery Fund, came together to provide an advice service improvement programme and funding to meet these objectives. The programme started in 2012 with individual 2-year projects starting at different points in the programme. The partnership consists of the following agencies in Central Bedfordshire:

  • The Disability Resource Centre
  • Age UK – Bedfordshire
  • Citizens Advice – Dunstable and District; Leighton Linslade and Ampthill