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National Sickness Absense Review

Date: 8 Apr 2011


On 17 February 2011 the Government called for a major review of the sickness absence system in Great Britain in order to help combat the 150 million days lost to sickness absence every year.

We have been asked by the national team to see if we can help with engaging with local employers to see if you would be interested in talking to the national team to give your input. If you are willing to engage please either let Rachel Faulkner, Workplace Health Coordinator know or contact the national team direct via sickness.absencereview@dwp.gsi.gov.uk

The independent review aims to increase the number of people in employment and contribute to sustainable economic growth. It will explore a wide range of options for structural reform and rebalancing incentives in the management of sickness absence. It is jointly chaired by David Frost, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce and Dame Carol Black, National Director for Health and Work.

The review will consider:

* how to reduce the overall cost of the sickness absence system, and
* the overall balance of these costs between the state and employers.

Please visit the website to access further information and a range of presentations - www.dwp.gov.uk/sickness-absence-review

 

 

Well Being Boost

A study of FTSE-100 companies conducted by Business in the Community (BITC) and Ipsos Mori, found that firms that actively promoted staff well-being and workplace health policies recorded a 10 per cent boost in their financial performance.

Costs

The annual cost of sickness absence and worklessness associated with working-age ill health in the UK is put at more than £100 billion (more than Portugal's GDP).

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