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  Pulse Points | Spring 2017 - employee healthcare news in brief
Reducing long-term sickness absence

Wellbeing should be on a par with sickness in an effort to tackle the UK’s spiraling sickness absence rate, the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) claims. It recommends a range of innovative ideas including ‘wellbeing days’ and a large-scale extension of sick leave. Around 460,000 people transition from work to sickness and disability benefits every year, with employers paying £9bn a year for associated costs.
Work programme failing people with mental health conditions

The charity Mind is warning that the Government’s back-to-work scheme, the Work Programme, is failing people with mental health problems. Figures from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) show just 10.86% of people with mental health problems attached to the Work Programme achieved a positive job outcome. This compares with 33.79% of people with no recorded health condition.
Employers need to do more to support financial wellbeing

A survey of 1,800 employees, revealed a quarter are suffering from such significant money problems that it is affecting their mental and physical health. The number reporting problems rises to nearly a third (31%) among 18-24 year olds and those living in London (32%).
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