Department for Work and Pensions offers SMEs cash to boost health of workers

Small businesses and local partnerships across the UK will have the chance to bid for a share of millions of pounds over the next two years to fund innovative projects to improve the health and welfare of their workers, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) minister Lord McKenzie has announced.

Lord McKenzie is to invite small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) and local partnerships to bid for a share of the Health Work and Well-being Challenge Fund.

The DWP’s Health Work and Well-being Challenge Fund is worth £4m and will be available from now until March 2011.

Lord McKenzie said: “We are working with employers to provide the necessary support to help workers remain happy and healthy in their job. This fund will improve conditions in the workplace and will help to prevent workers taking time off sick.”

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