An independent review of sickness absence in the UK by the DWP in 2011 found a lack of access to occupational health advice as one of the obstacles of people returning to work.
The government agreed to introduce the Health and Work Service (HWS) to make independent expert health and work advice more widely available to employers, employees, and General Practitioners (GPs).
The HWS will be funded by abolishing the SSP Percentage Threshold Scheme (PTS), which currently costs the exchequer £50m a year.
Amounts of £500 a year per employee, paid by employers on health-related interventions recommended by HWS will be treated as tax exempt (i.e. they do not attract a taxable benefit, so employers do not need to report them on a P11D or P9D).