Work Matters: How can the UK recover from record sickness levels

Tuesday 12 December 2023, 10:00am to 11:00am


Live Online

Open to

Alumni, External Organisations, Public, Staff


Free to attend - registration required

Event Details

Join the Work Foundation and a panel of eminent experts as we discuss the challenges of economic inactivity linked to long-term illnesses in our culminating event of the year.

Throughout the course of 2023 it has become painfully clear that the UK has a sickness issue – indeed there are now over 2.6 million individuals opting out of the labour market altogether due to ill health.

A key part of tackling this issue must be to deepen our understanding of the relationship between work and health, and the extent to which it’s the nature of jobs on offer that are keeping many people who want to work out of the labour market.

This demands a renewed policy focus on creating more ‘Good Work’. These are jobs that are not only financially rewarding but also provide security for making a living. They empower workers to have a voice in shaping their lives and facilitate skills development.

But how can policymakers open up access to 'Good Work' for everyone, and what can employers do to increase the quality of jobs on offer, creating more opportunities for those with long term health conditions to re-enter the labour market?

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Alice Martin (Head of Research, Work Foundation – Chair)
  • Tom Pollard (Head of Social Policy, New Economics Foundation)
  • Emily Andrews (Deputy Director for Work, Centre for Ageing Better)
  • Sarah Dawood (Senior Associate Editor, New Statesman)

Register in advance for this webinar and a Zoom link will be sent 48 hours before the event.

Contact Details

Name Sonia Stevenson