Labour MEP for Wales, Derek Vaughan, has welcomed an investment of almost £13m from the EU’s Convergence European Social Fund into a new service designed to tackle the risk of people losing their jobs due to health or social problems.
The “Wellbeing Through Work” project will support over 17,000 people and deliver nearly 200 workplace health programmes to help employees facing up to a major health or social issue as well as those on temporary or long-term sickness leave from work.
A new partnership formed by Remploy and the National Leadership and Innovation Agency for Healthcare, will receive the funding alongside a £16.9m contribution from the Welsh Assembly Government.
Derek Vaughan MEP said:
"By targeting people in West Wales and the Valleys, this investment will have huge benefits not just for those individuals concerned but also for local businesses.
Quite often, keeping workers actively employed can lead to significant improvements in the quality of their health and, subsequently, their quality of life as well.
This is a vital scheme that will look at driving down levels of social and economic exclusion whilst at the same time, improving business productivity and boosting the Welsh economy."