In November, the Frost/ Black Report, which looked into long-term sickness and the cost to employers, taxpayers and the economy, was presented to the Government. One of its recommendations was tax relief for basic rate taxpayers on any expenditure incurred by an employer specifically targeted at helping long-term absent employees back into the workplace through medical treatments or vocational rehabilitation. Whilst the estimated cost to the Exchequer would be some £150m, it is expected that this will be more than offset by additional tax revenue from more people in work and the savings it will bring to businesses. We are fully supportive of this proposal which is aimed at protecting the wellbeing of employees.


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