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Roundtable Event: Supporting older workers with health conditions to remain active in the labour market

Roundtable Event: Supporting older workers with health conditions to remain active in the labour market

Tuesday, 02 June 2015
10:00 - 11:30
The Work Foundation, 21 Palmer Street, SW1H 0AD

Within 20 years nearly a quarter of the UK population will be 65 or over, representing an increasing cost to the working age population, through increased spending on pensions and on health and social care. It is important that older workers remain economically active for longer and that they continue to bring vital skills to the labour market. It is also widely acknowledged that being in ‘good work’ is beneficial for individuals’ health and wellbeing. However, with 40% of the working age population predicted to have a long term health condition by 2030 policy must support this group in order to keep older employees in work.

Whilst many policymakers and employers are acknowledging the need to support older workers with health conditions, there are a significant number of barriers preventing them from remaining active in the labour market.

As a part of our Health at Work Policy Unit, this invite only roundtable event explored what the barriers are preventing older workers with health conditions from remaining active in the labour market and what more policy could do to address these issues.The event was chaired by Professor Stephen Bevan, Director of the Centre for Workforce Effectiveness at The Work Foundation and attended by a select group of representatives of large and small employers, of employer bodies, charities and academics. Attendees were invited to discuss how effectively older employees with health conditions are being supported to stay in work or to return to work, what the barriers are preventing this and what more policy makers could do to better support older workers to remain active in the labour market.

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