Fit for Work is a new national service that provides a free assessment and return to work support for people at risk of long-term sickness absence.B It is intended to complement existing occupational health services and/or fill gaps in workplace services. Employees can be referred by their GP or employer if they have been off work for four weeks or more.
There are three Job Centre Plus locations in Hackney (Dalston, Hackney and Hoxton) which provide support to all people of working age to help them into paid work. This section does not describe in detail the full range of support available locally to help Hackney residents to find and stay in employment. Box 9 provides a snapshot of a selection of current support (at time of writing) available for those who face particular barriers to employment, due to their health or related issues.
As in Hackney, there is a range of support to help local people in the City of London to find and stay in work. Access to Job Centre Plus services is available in neighbouring local authority areas.
Hackney One Team – a supported employment agency specialising in placing people age 16+ with learning disabilities and people with substance misuse problems into paid employment.