More than 2.5 million people claim health-related benefits (Incapacity Benefit and Employment and Support Allowance – 2013/14 data), costing the government £12 billion a year. Employers pay an annual bill of around £9 billion for sick pay and associated costs. Information about the costs of sickness was included in Health at work – an independent review of sickness absence.
We know that people with long-term health conditions can and do work. Over a quarter of the 28 million people in work in this country have a long-term condition or impairment.