2015 Report details for project: Fit for Work Programme

Project name: Fit for Work Programme - there are 2 reports for this project: 2015, 2016
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Organisation: DWP (D10) - see all reports for this organisation
Report year: 2015 (data is from Sept 2014)
Category: Transformation - see all reports for this category
Description: In January 2013, the Government published its response to a major review of the sickness absence system in Great Britain. As part of this review the Government committed to: • The introduction of a new Fit for Work (FfW) service in England and Wales which will deliver both a supportive occupational health assessment and general health and work advice to employees, employers and General Practitioners (GP). • The delivery of enablers which allow the Scottish Government to implement FfW in Scotland. This will provide advice on sick absence (via on-line and telephone) for employers and employees and an assessment service for employees on sick leave for four weeks or more. • The abolition of the Percentage Threshold Scheme (PTS) to address perverse behaviours among employers who rely on reimbursement through the scheme rather than actively managing sickness absence. The funding from the PTS will be recycled into FfW to support a proactive approach to sickness absence management. • The abolition of Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) record keeping obligations, which will lift the administration burden off employers. The legislative changes to PTS and SSP will be implemented by the Department, with the administrative changes to HMRC operational processes being made via a separate project in HMRC.
DCA (RAG): Amber
DCA text: As result of an MPA review, the Programme has reviewed its risk management process so that implementation related risks are discussed regularly, including at the Risk Review and Programme Boards. The Programme, with the supplier, has ensured that there are robust integrated plans in place for the delivery of FfW which is monitored through regular checkpoint meetings and reviewed at Programme Board. The Programme has established clear engagement strategies for General Practitioners, employers and employees; including clear responsibilities for each activity. This is monitored through regular Communications Working Group meetings and through the Programme Plan.
Start date: 2013-02-27
End date: 2015-03-31
Schedule text: The Fit for Work Programme is now expected to complete its work in October 2015; this is due to a phased implementation being agreed. The FfW Advice Service was introduced in Great Britain in December 2014. The Assessment Service launched a small Proof of Concept in January 2015, prior to the launch of FfW in March 2015. Our current planning assumption is that the Assessment Service will be rolled out across Great Britain by October 2015. The Assessment Service went live in Scotland at the end of January 2015.
Baseline: £28.99m
Forecast: £18.97m
Variance: -35.00%
Variance text: The £10m underspend reflects the set up and delivery costs in the finalised contract with the supplier of the new Fit for Work Service in England and Wales, which take account of the build-up of customer volumes over initial stages and the corresponding output payments.
Whole Life Cost: £324.11m
WLCost text: The budgeted whole life costs of £324m reflect the business case as at July 2014 and largely cover on-going supplier costs to deliver the Fit for Work Service in England and Wales, and costs to support the provision of the Service in Scotland.
Notes1: Fit for Work (previously called Health and Work Service)
Sourcefile: IPA_2015.csv

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