Workplace related health issues have a direct impact on business
Last year the Confederation of British Industry estimates working-age ill health cost the UK economy £300bn in healthcare costs alone.
An unhealthy workforce hurts England’s economy and society due to lost productivity, reductions in income tax receipts, increases in long-term sickness, informal caregiving, and increased healthcare costs.
Furthermore, these ongoing workforce challenges have been further exacerbated by the pandemic which has thrown up some new challenges in both short- and long-term staff absences as well as higher staff turnover and recruitment difficulties.
To help address this, the Department of Work and Pensions is working with the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority, the local NHS and local authorities to understand how they can best support business to navigate these challenges and hopefully glean and share good practice from yourselves.
We now need your help to develop an integrated and overarching Work & Health Strategy for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. This strategic framework will contribute to the development of national guidance and toolkit, produced by the Work and Health Unit.
To identify the issues being faced by our businesses, we have published a short survey to capture your views and to give you an opportunity to contribute to shaping the strategy.