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A forecast by the Department for Work and Pensions has estimated that an additional two million people will claim disability benefit due to their mental health this year compared to 2023. The forecast comes with an estimate that over £10 billion will need to be spent to keep up with the increasing demand by 2028. As well as additional strain on the struggling National Health Service, this will also mean more people navigating the issues with their mental health and a return to work.

Ensuring that staff are aware of the implications of mental health, as well as what does and does not constitute a disability, will not only keep sickness absence down, it can also ensure a happy and productive workforce. As the need for effective management of staff returning from sickness absence increases, employers knowing their legal responsibilities can help mitigate risk and retain talent.