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In a 2011 report, Health at work: an independent review of sickness absence, Dame Carol Black and David Frost CBE highlighted how the State spends £13 billion a year on health-related benefits and employers face an annual bill of around £9 billion for sick pay and associated costs. They made a number of recommendations aimed at minimising absence from work due to ill health in order to reduce the associated burdens and costs on individuals, employers and the taxpayer.
In its response to this, the government has accepted most of the recommendations including the introduction of a health and work assessment and advisory service from 2014. This service will provide the following:
In addition, the Government will:
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