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Employers Who Invest in the Wellbeing of Their Employees Enjoy Lower Staff Turnover

In Business, Industry News by PCH Staff

While stress in the workplace is often linked with sickness absence, its association with the eating habits of employees is perhaps less known. That’s why a survey from trade body British Summer Fruits (BSF) makes for such interesting reading. It found that half of UK employees eat more unhealthily when they are stressed at work. This is despite the fact …

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12 Million UK Adults Have Suffered Financial Hardship Due to Ill Health or a Death in the Family

In Industry News, Protection by PCH Staff

Unfortunately, if you have to take time off work due to an illness or other unfortunate circumstance, your financial commitments do not get put on hold. And while you may be entitled to receive statutory sick pay (SSP), is £89.35 a week for up to 28 weeks going to be enough for you and your family to live on? The …

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People with HIV Still Face Barriers When Trying to Access Insurance

In Individual, Industry News by PCH Staff

People living with HIV face barriers when it comes to securing both protection and general insurance because of their illness, despite the fact that huge advances have been made in treating HIV in recent times. According to a major new report from the National Aids Trust (NAT), as many as one in four (25%) individuals with HIV have been refused …

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Almost a Fifth of UK Workers ‘Dissatisfied’ with Employee Benefits

In Business, Industry News by PCH Staff

New research has revealed that many UK small business workers are dissatisfied with their current employee benefits package, while a significant proportion aren’t even aware of any of the benefits available to them. The YouGov research, released by employee benefits provider Unum, shows that nearly a fifth (18%) of workers are unhappy with the benefits they currently receive through their …

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Cancer Patients Hit with Much Heftier Travel Insurance Premiums, Finds Study

In Industry News, Travel by PCH Staff

While “healthy” people are paying around £37, on average, for travel insurance, many former cancer patients are having to fork out more than £1,000 because outdated holiday insurance policies still view the disease as a “death sentence”, a charity has said. According to Macmillan Cancer Support, some cancer patients are even refused insurance altogether, forcing many to forgo their holiday …

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Research Uncovers Income Shortfall for People Diagnosed with a Critical Illness

In Industry News, Protection by PCH Staff

New research shows that over half of people diagnosed with a critical illness are having their worries compounded by additional financial pressures. According to the research from insurer Royal London, 51% of people (around 3.5 million) diagnosed with a critical illness, such as cancer, heart attack or stroke, have also been hit financially, due to having to take time off …

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UK Adults Falling Well Short of the 10k Steps a Day They Should be Taking

In Industry News by PCH Staff

An analysis of data from the smartphones of more than 700,000 people by researchers from Stanford University has uncovered just how active (or rather inactive, as the case may be) people around the world really are. Leveraging 68 million days’ worth of minute-by-minute data, the researchers were able to construct a map of the world outlining the most active and …

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NHS Rationing Means Patients Having to Plead for Routine Treatments

In Industry News, Insurance by PCH Staff

Patients in need of routine operations that were once provided without question, such as hip replacements and cataract surgery, are having to plead with the NHS to fund their treatments, an investigation has found. As a result, there has been a surge in the number of special requests made by doctors on behalf of their patients for procedures to be …

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Despite Clear Benefits, More Than a Third of Employers Do Not Offer Flexible Working Options

In Business, Industry News by PCH Staff

Over one-third (34%) of UK employers do not offer flexible working options to their employees, even though almost two-thirds (64%) of employees are more likely to remain with a company that offers flexible working, according to Aviva’s Working Lives Report 2017. The report – which was compiled using survey results from some 500 employers and 2,000 employees – outlines attitudes …

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Over Half of SME Owners Have Not Made Any Special Arrangements Regarding Shares

In Business, Insurance by PCH Staff

The sudden loss of a business owner has the potential to destabilise a business and can quickly lead to financial difficulties. If no share protection arrangements have been made, the deceased’s business shares may be passed to their family. Their family might then choose to actively participate in the running of the business or sell said shares – even to …

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Significant Proportion of Brits ‘Underprepared’ for Long Term Absence from Work

In Business, Industry News by PCH Staff

A significant number of British people do not have adequate safeguards in place to protect themselves from the financial impact of a long-term absence from work due to illness or injury. That’s one of the key findings of a survey conducted by Censuswide on behalf of insurer Cirencester Friendly. The Censuswide survey of more than 2,000 adults found over half …