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Access to Work helping new business start-ups

From 14th January 2013, disabled people who want to set up their own business will be able to get help from Access to Work if they enrol on the New Enterprise Allowance (NEA).

The NEA provides expert coaching and financial support for jobseekers with a business idea. Strong take up of the NEA scheme in its first year has seen more than 8,000 businesses set up by jobseekers across the country.

Access to Work support can help pay for specialised equipment, support workers and travel costs when setting up a business.  The measure aims to boost the half a million disabled people already self-employed who make up 15 per cent of those who are in work.

For further information, please see the following links:

www.gov.uk/access-to-work

www.gov.uk/moving-from-benefits-to-work/starting-your-own-business