For up-to-date advice on what benefits a jobseeker should be claiming visit:

Jobcentre Plus has a job search service called Universal Job match. To visit please click here

Access To Work

Access to Work gives support for people with disabilities or long term health conditions, entering or retaining employment. In some cases it may be used for long-term upaid work placements.

For full details and how to apply visit:

Access to Work is a programme delivered by Jobcentre Plus that has been in existence since 1994. The aim is to support disabled people to overcome barriers they face when gaining or retaining employment. It is provided where the employee requires support or adaptations beyond those "reasonable adjustments" which an employer is legally obliged to provide under the Equality Act 2010.

The programme provides advice; a possible assessment of a person's disability needs in the workplace and if required, a financial grant towards the cost of any necessary support.

Contacting Jobcentre Plus

Jobcentre Plus no longer issue telephone numbers for individual offices. Instead, jobseekers and employment support professionals are encouraged to ring their main switchboard number on 0845 6043719. If necessary you can be put through to the particular local office you need. Jobcentre Plus no longer has main switchboard numbers for individual offices.

It's worth bearing in mind that JCP offices have various professionals that you can contact for support including Disability Employment Advisers (DEAs) Employment Advisers (EAs) and, possibly, a Work Psychologist.

Jobcentre Plus offices in Kent:

Ashford Jobcentre Plus, International House, Dover Place, Ashford, Kent, TN23 1HT.

Canterbury Jobcentre Plus, Northgate House, 115-120 Northgate, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 1EZ.

Dartford Jobcentre Plus, 61 Lowfield Street, Dartford, Kent DA1 1JY. Tel:

Dover Jobcentre Plus, 72-75 Maison Dieu, Dover, Kent,
CT16 1NN.

Faversham Jobcentre Plus, East Street, Queens Parade, Kent, ME13 8AH.

Gravesend Jobcentre Plus, 44-46 The Grove, Gravesend Kent, DA12 1DF.

Herne Bay Jobcentre Plus, 22-26 Bank Street, Herne Bay Kent, CT6 5EA.

Maidstone Jobcentre Plus, County Gate One, Staceys Street, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 1ST.

Margate Jobcentre Plus, Mill House, Mill Lane, Margate, Kent, CT9 1LB.

Sheerness Jobcentre Plus, 3 Millennium Way, Sheerness, Kent, ME12 1PD.

Sittingbourne Jobcentre Plus, Roman House, 9 Roman Square, Sittingbourne, Kent, ME10 4BP.

Tonbridge Jobcentre, Crown Building, Bradford Street, Tonbridge, Kent, TN9 1DU.

Tunbridge Wells Jobcentre Plus, 88 Grosvenor Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN1 2AX.

Whitstable Jobcentre, High Street, Whitstable, Kent,
CT5 1AP.