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Number of Working Age People Living with Cancer Has Surged

The number of working age people in the UK who are living with cancer increased by almost 10% between 2010 and 2015, figures from a leading cancer charity suggest. According to Macmillan Cancer Support, there were around 80,000 more people aged 16 to 65 living with cancer in 2015 than in 2010, with the overall number estimated at 890,000. In …

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Many Brits Choosing to Shun Travel Insurance

A new survey of British holidaymakers has uncovered some rather worrying trends when it comes to protecting themselves and their belongings while abroad. The survey by fundraising website Give as You Live polled some 2,000 Brits and found that 15% never secure appropriate travel insurance before taking a trip. Interestingly, it’s younger holidaymakers aged between 16 and 24 years old …

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Employers Have the Ability to Boost Productivity & Reduce Absence Rates Through Benefits and Wellbeing Initiatives

Two separate studies have highlighted how employers can potentially boost productivity and reduce absence rates through benefits and health and wellbeing initiatives. The first study by Canada Life Group Insurance found that a quarter of the 1,000 employees surveyed believe that helpful employee benefits and perks would have a significant positive impact on their productivity at work. In fact, only …

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A Third of Workers Think Employers Should Offer Financial Incentives for Keeping Healthy

A third of UK employees believe their employer should reward them financially for keeping healthy, a new global study has revealed. For its 2017-2018 Global Benefits Attitudes Survey, Willis Towers Watson polled 31,000 employees across 22 markets, including almost 3,000 employees working for medium- and large-sized private sector organisations in the UK. The survey found that 33% of UK respondents …

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Gig Workers & Temps Get Fewer Health Protections Than Their Permanent Colleagues

Gig economy workers, temporary workers, part-time workers and those on zero-hours contracts enjoy fewer health and wellbeing protections than their permanent, full-time counterparts. That’s the key message to come out of a recently published survey by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH). According to the survey conducted by market research company Opinium, which polled some 500 non-permanent workers …

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Fit Notes Being Ignored By Employers, Say GPs

Despite GPs handing out more fit notes than ever in an attempt to get their patients back to work, a significant proportion are being ignored by employers. In fact, one in five doctors say the advice they give is not being followed through. According to NHS Digital data, 1.4 million fit notes were issued between July and September 2017, which …

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Stroke Sufferers In The UK Getting Younger

The average age at which people in England have a stroke for the first time has fallen over the past decade, new research shows. Between 2007 and 2016, the average age for men having a stroke for the first time dropped from 71 to 68 while it fell from 75 to 73 for women, according to Public Health England (PHE) …

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3 Travel Insurance Mistakes You Need To Avoid

Booking a holiday is always exciting, even if your departure date is well in the future. In fact, having plenty of time before you leave allows you to secure the best deal for a very important element of your holiday: travel insurance. This absolute holiday necessity – which covers everything from lost luggage to a medical emergency while you’re away …

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Many GP Practices Running Out Of Flu Vaccine Amid Outbreak Fears

At a time when at-risk patients are being advised to go and get a flu jab amid the worst outbreak of the virus in the UK for seven years, a new survey has revealed that some GP practices are running out of flu vaccines. Fuelled by killer “Aussie” and “Japanese” strains, the UK is currently gripped by a flu outbreak …

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Income Protection Gaps Are a Stark Global Issue

The income protection gap in both the UK and around the world is worrying and needs addressing, according to a new report from Zurich. Produced in partnership with Smith School – University of Oxford, the Zurich report, entitled “Embracing the income protection gaps challenge: options and solutions,” sets out recommendations for tackling gaps in income and putting financial safety nets …