Tags: Fit for work

New return-to-work service opens to employers

From today, all employers across England and Wales will be able to refer employees facing long-term sickness into the new support service, known as Fit for Work. Designed to help working people who face lengthy sickness absence return to work, Fit for Work provides the services of occupational health professionals to employed people if they…

DWP criticised for handling of fit-to-work assessments

According to MPs, poor decision making by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is harming the effectiveness of Work Capability Assessments. A report by the public accounts commitment has blamed the DWP’s handling of disability benefit tests for creating “misery and hardship” for some claimants. The committee questioned the accuracy of assessments, with nearly…

DWP to blame for fitness-to-work tests fiasco, MPs say

A leading Government department has been criticised for making wrong decisions on the ability of benefit claimants to work, at “considerable cost” to the taxpayer. The public accounts committee said there had been much criticism of Atos, the firm contracted to conduct so-called work capability assessments (WCA), but it warned that most of the problems…

Referrals more than double with fit for work support

An analysis of Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) statistics, by Legal & General, has shown that many people are not getting access to occupational health services that could help them at work. The figures show that over half of people referred to occupational health support services under Fit for Work Service pilots would not…

Fit for work attracts less than half expected participants

Take-up for the Fit for Work pilot programme has been significantly lower than expected, according to a report by the Department of Work and Pensions on the progress of the scheme. Following Dame Carol Black’s 2008 review of the health of Britain’s working age population, 11 Fit for Work Service (FFWS) pilots were launched throughout…