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24 November 2010
In some quarters it has become acceptable to caricature claimants of long-term sickness benefits as workshy malingerers. This has contributed to a prevailing mood of intolerance and indignation in parts of the press, reflecting that felt – it has to be said - by many ordinary folk.
28 October 2010
George Osbourne was very keen in his CSR speech earlier this month to reassure the 490,000 Public Sector workers who will lose their jobs over the next four years. He hoped that a significant proportion of the jobs could be lost through ‘natural wastage’, implying that compulsory redundancy will only be used as a last resort. But should public servants be comforted by this?
04 October 2010
One of the ‘hot’ issues being debated at the Conservative Party Conference this week is welfare reform....
18 August 2010
The news that World No 2 golfer Phil Mickelson has been diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis brings into sharp relief the importance of the early diagnosis and treatment of inflammatory conditions if people are to stand the best chance of living normal lives and staying in work.
28 July 2010
On Wednesday 21 July, I chaired the 4th Annual Relate Lecture given this year by its new President, Professor Cary Cooper of the University of Lancaster....
26 July 2010
Last week I was asked, with Dame Carol Black, to brief the new Health Minister, about progress on the Health and Work agenda......
07 June 2010
The latest CBI data on sickness absence in the UK workforce shows a fall in the number of working days lost, compared with previous years.
26 May 2010
There’s something reassuring – even benign – about politicians announcing that they expect that job cuts can be achieved through ‘natural wastage’.....
07 May 2010
It’s been a long night. As predicted by many, a hung parliament beckons. And not just any old hung parliament. Whichever permutation is examined it looks like a coalition potentially built on sand.