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Thread #63553   Message #3259805
Posted By: GUEST,Bluesman
19-Nov-11 - 03:11 AM
Thread Name: BS: Benefits/Welfare.
Subject: RE: BS: Benefits/Welfare.
Some good news to start the weekend off. Doctors will no longer be able to issue sick notes for workers who are on long-term leave from their jobs.

The Government review has recommended that family GPs still certify up to four weeks of absence but employers will be able to refer those off sick for longer than this to an independent panel of doctors.

The review rightly suggests setting up a service to help those on sick leave find more appropriate jobs.

According to the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP), around 140 million working days are lost to sickness absence each year.
While most people return to work, every year 300,000 people drop out of work onto health-related state benefits.

This places an economic burden on employers, taxpayers and the individuals themselves.
DWP says each year employers spend around 9bn on sick pay, while health-related benefits cost taxpayers 13bn.
Reforms are expected within the benefit system and to the Employment and Support Allowance.

Earlier this year the Government asked Dame Carol Black and David Frost to lead a review of sickness absence in Great Britain, to examine if long-term sickness absence could be reduced to prevent people from dropping needlessly out of the labour market.

If all the recommendations are accepted it could save 400m a year for employers and 300m a year for the Government, while boosting economic output by over 1bn a year.

The economy loses 15bn in lost economic output each year due to sickness absence.

Once the government has dealt with this shower, they will look at benefits given to the "teen mum brigade" young women who deliberately touch their toes for some irresponsible layabout in order to get a free party house and an over generous weekly handout for their flock of fatherless brats commonly referred to by them as "beer tokens".