London Health Commission

Meeting: 
MQT on 2009-11-18
Session date: 
November 18, 2009
Reference: 
2009/3609
Question By: 
James Cleverly
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Thank you for your answer to 3122/2009. Considering the ESF was set up to improve actual employment opportunities, skills and job prospects rather than improving an individual's fitness for work, how will 'Health as a Cross Cutting Theme in London' increase real job opportunities? Isn't it also taken as a given that paid employment is beneficial to mental and physical well-being, therefore how will funding to promote this to ESF employers help the unemployed become employed?

Answer

Answer for London Health Commission

Answer for London Health Commission

Answered By: 
The Mayor

A key ESF objective is to improve the employability of unemployed and economically inactive people. Health as a cross-cutting theme will contribute directly to this objective by helping to increase participants' mental and physical wellbeing in ways which help them to become job-ready and improve their prospects for holding down a job on a long-term basis.

The strong evidence that paid employment is beneficial for mental and physical health has a major proviso: it depends on the quality of the job. The London Health Commission's employer campaign: 'Good jobs - good for health and good for business' will provide a simple, practical framework which ESF providers can use to negotiate directly with employers to help them to make their jobs 'good' and their work sustainable for ESF participants.