A £4.2 million challenge fund to support people with mental health or musculoskeletal conditions to stay in work has been launched by the Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work, Sarah Newton, and the Minister for Mental Health and Inequalities, Jackie Doyle-Price.
The challenge fund, run by Rocket Science on behalf of the government, is aimed at testing new approaches to help people experiencing mental ill health or musculoskeletal issues to remain in employment.
They might be at risk of losing employment because of the effects of their condition, or may already be temporarily off work through ill health.
Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work Sarah Newton, said:
We know there is a gap between disabled people who want to work and those who have the opportunity to do so.
With 78% of people acquiring their disability or health condition during their adult life, it’s crucial that we support disabled people who want to work to stay in or return to employment.