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Employment (Persons with Disabilities etc.) Scheme 1999

This scheme is administered by the Disability Employment Service, operating within the Employment and Skills Group of the Social Security Division of the Treasury.

The purpose of the Scheme is to provide a wide range of financial and non-financial assistance in order for those persons affected by a disability to both find and retain gainful employment. All cases are considered on their own individual merits.

Am I eligible for assistance?

To be eligible for either financial or non-financial assistance you must be:

  • Aged 16 or over, an Isle of Man resident and an Isle of Man Worker (or a holder of a relevant work permit) and
  • In need of special assistance to obtain or retain employment as a result of disability, ill health or some other disadvantage

To be eligible for financial assistance you must be willing to work for at least 8 hours per week in such employment that is expected to last for more than 26 weeks. Other conditions apply.

What assistance can I get?

The type and level of assistance will vary considerably dependent on a range of factors.

Financial assistance

Financial assitance can include:

  • Help in seeking employment
  • The provision of aids or equipment which would not ordinarily be required for those without a disability or suffering from ill-health
  • Alterations to premises, or adaptations to equipment to enable employment
  • Help in transport to and from work

Financial assistance to any qualifying individual may not exceed £10,000 over any period of 3 years from the date of the first amount of assistance.

Non-financial assistance

Non-financial assistance can include:

  • Needs and ability assessment
  • Temporary Counselling / Mentoring
  • Training or education to address needs
  • Work Trials / Placements.

For further information contact:

Disability Employment Services

Markwell House

Market Street



Telephone:+44 1624 687014

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