Work, health and disability greenpaper: improving lives

19 January 2017

As part of a health and work plan Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) will be reviewed to improve and encourage supportive conversations and phased returns to work.

Plans proposed in the Work, health and disability greenpaper: improving lives include:

  • a review of Statutory Sick Pay and GP fit notes to support workers back into their jobs faster, and for longer
  • encouraging Jobcentre Plus work coaches to signpost claimants to therapy
  • the launch of a consultation on Work Capability Assessment reform
  • encouraging employers to work with their employees with long-term health conditions to stop them from falling out of work
  • a wide-ranging debate about recognising the value of work as a health outcome.

Ministers believe the system this government inherited in 2010 simply wasn’t working. Good progress has been made encouraging those who can work, while ensuring a safety net for those who can’t. However, there is further work needed to ensure the system is better targeted and works for everyone.

CIPP comment

The CIPP Policy team will be responding to the green paper consultation so expect a survey shortly as we would like to gather views on employer thoughts on how a flexible system of SSP may support phased returns to work.