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Nine in 10 Brits At Risk Of Financial Hardship Should Serious Illness Strike

In Family, Individual, Industry News, Protection by Tom Pullinger

A huge proportion of people in the UK would suffer financial hardship if they were to be struck down with a serious illness, research from Scottish Widows shows. A staggering nine in 10 Brits do not have a critical illness policy, despite the fact that more than a fifth (21%) admit their household wouldn’t survive financially if they were unable …

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What Perks Do British Workers Really Want?

In Individual, Industry News by Raina Dhillon

Free gym membership, private healthcare and a day off on their birthday. These are just some of the things British workers want, according to a new study. Every employer likes to think they offer everything their employees want. But is there such a thing as the perfect employer? Apparently not, if new research by office products supplier Lyreco is anything …

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10 Million Brits Holidayed In 2017 Without Suitable Travel Insurance Cover

In Family, Individual, Industry News by Paul Connolly

As many as 10 million Brits went on holiday in 2017 without suitable travel insurance or any cover at all, according to a new report. Figures released by the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) show that a startling number of British holidaymakers (two in five or 38%) travelled abroad last year without appropriate insurance. This includes participating in activities …

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Manual Labourers Are More Likely To Die Younger, Study Suggests

In Individual, Industry News by Matthew Tagg

We frequently hear how sedentary lifestyles and job roles, which see people sitting for the majority of the day, are contributing to larger waistlines. But new research now suggests that people who work in physically demanding roles have a greater risk of dying early than their more sedentary counterparts. The finding, discovered by scientists in the Netherlands, reveals a so-called …

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New Funding Allocated To Improve Perinatal Mental Health Services Across England

In Industry News by Paul Connolly

New and expectant mothers in England will have more easy access to more support with mental health issues within the next year, as the NHS attempts to curb the problems of pre- and post-natal depression. Underserved parts of the country will benefit from an additional £20m in mental health services spending, which builds on £40m of funding committed in 2016. …

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Job Opening: Senior Group Risk Administrator

In Industry News by PCH Staff

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the Premier Choice Group as a Senior Group Risk Administrator. We are looking for the right individual to join us to help administer our Group Risk Insurance business. The person we are looking for will ideally have experience in working with Group Life, Income Protection and Critical Illness schemes. They will work at …

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Presenteeism At Record High As Stress In The Workplace Grows

In Individual, Industry News by Raina Dhillon

The phenomenon of presenteeism – when people still go into work even though they are feeling unwell – has more than tripled since 2010, research shows. According to the CIPD’s Health and Well-being at Work report, which was compiled in partnership with Simplyhealth, 86% of organisations have observed presenteeism over the last 12 months. In 2016, this figure was 72% …

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Stress Is The Main Reason For Workplace Absence

In Industry News by Stephen Ellis

Stress and stress-inducing situations are the main causes of short-term sickness absence (any absence that lasts up to a maximum of 26 weeks) in the UK. That’s the main finding to come out of new research by Group Risk Development (GRiD), the industry body for the group protection sector. One in five (20%) short-term absences is caused by home and …

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Multimorbidity Burden Must Be Urgently Addressed

In Individual, Industry News by Tom Pullinger

When a patient suffers two or more chronic medical conditions it is known as ‘multimorbidity’ and, unfortunately, it is fast becoming the norm, not the exception, in the UK. Furthermore, there is an alarming lack of information about multimorbidity and people are dying prematurely because of ineffective treatments, according to a new report. The report by The Academy of Medical …