Budget (4): Fit For Work

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The only loose end from yesterday’s budget speech is that of Fit For Work – the government funded service which will provide an independent assessment of employees who are absent from work for 4 weeks or more due to any medical condition(s).

As we have reported here before, the Fit For Work (FFW) service has been subject to more than a few delays, and although intended to be nationally available by now, it is in fact only currently in use in the areas of Sheffield and Wrexham.  So there is still some way to go with this initiative.

This may explain why the Budget failed to really mention FFW.  Yet the supporting document did make a passing reference* to this topic.  The document said that the government were seeking to support people with mental health conditions.  It went on;

“Starting from early 2016, the government will provide online Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) to 40,000 Employment and Support Allowance and Jobseekers Allowance claimants, and individuals being supported by Fit for Work.”

So this is another facet of the service to be aware when it comes on-line nationally.

Best regards

Steve

* thanks to Craig Gordon of HR Bullets for pointing me in the right direction here

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Steve Herbert is an award-winning thought leader on Pensions and Employee Benefit issues. His principal aim is better communicating the value and usage of employee benefits to employers. This he has achieved through many (highly successful) seminar series over the last decade, and his regular and widely read blog posts on the subject.
He also acts as a judge in HR and Employee Benefits industry awards, article writer, and product innovator. Steve is a regular contributor to DWP forums and compulsive responder to formal Government Consultations on pension and employee benefit issues. He is occasionally accused of making employee benefits interesting.