Employees ‘healthy’ in work until just 59 in England, study shows | UK News

People in England have a “healthy life expectancy” at work until they are aged just 59, far below the age to qualify for a state pension, research suggests.

The study, published in The Lancet Public Health, analysed data from 15,000 men and women aged 50 and over from the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing.

Participants were tracked between 2002 and 2013 for the research led by Keele University.

The team aimed to assess workers’ “healthy working life expectancy” from when they were aged 50.

They found differences in healthy working life expectancy by sex, deprivation and where people live.

Men can expect to be healthy and in work for an average of 10.9 years from the age of 50, while women can expect just 8.3 years.

The study also found that self-employed people can expect longer healthy work-life expectancy, as well as those who do not have to do manual

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Work from home could help the UK to level up

At university, a lecturer once asked my year of English undergraduates how many of us intended to stay in Newcastle after our degree. From the hundred or so students in front of him, only half a dozen hands went up.

With plans to study for a masters elsewhere, I was not among them, although I wished — and still do — that I could stay in the city. But even without this excuse, I would be kidding myself to think my hand would have been up. Job prospects and, more importantly, career progression, are the main considerations for where the majority of graduates choose to live after university. And so we have the meagre response to my lecturer’s question, and what is known as the “brain drain” faced by UK cities where a disproportionate number of high-achieving graduates flock to London.

According to a 2016 report by the UK think-tank

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Furlough fraud: A third of employees asked to work while firms get government handouts | UK News

More than a third of furloughed employees have been asked to carry out work by their bosses, in direct contravention of the rules, according to a new survey.

Employers can only claim cash from the £60 billion scheme if staff cannot work during the pandemic.

But the study by Crossland Employment Solicitors suggests that 34% of employees have been asked to return to work, either doing their usual job or taking on more administrative tasks.

One in five have been asked to either cover someone else’s job or to work for a company linked to their employer while on furlough.

Analysis: Who’s used the UK furlough scheme?

The furlough scheme is one of the biggest single up-front costs to the Treasury and breaking the rules is fraud.

The government had recently announced plans to give employers 30 days to confess any furlough fraud, following concerns the system was being abused.

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UK businesses seek swift return to work

More than a third of small businesses that closed during the pandemic have already reopened ahead of the return of non-essential retailers on Monday, according to data that suggest British companies are seeking to move quickly to go back to work.

The economic lockdown caused by coronavirus has had a particular impact on small businesses that often lack the financial resources to keep trading through the pandemic. Many have had to turn to the government for help, using state-backed debt provided by their banks, while closing their doors and furloughing staff.

About a quarter of the UK’s small and medium businesses had halted trading by the end of April as the government enforced a strict lockdown as part of its coronavirus response, according to Growth Intelligence, a UK-based data provider that uses article intelligence technology to track company activity. 

But, looking at data showing which firms have since become active

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