Policy News Journal - 2016-17

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The survey was carried out online by YouGov on over 2,000 adults, aiming to represent the whole of Great Britain. Other responses in the survey showed that over three-quarters of people had not been offered training on dealing with seizures at work. Meanwhile, only about one in six people said they would definitely know what to do if they saw someone have a seizure.

Dr Dominic Heaney, consultant neurologist at University College London, said:

“I speak to patients with epilepsy every day. Apart from the challenges of finding the right anti-epileptic treatment, another important task is to preserve, as far as possible, the normality of their lives after the epilepsy diagnosis. That means maintaining relationships with family and friends, but also their jobs and importantly, income. These survey results reinforce what I have heard from patients: discrimination in the workplace is common and often unwitting. There is a lack of knowledge about epilepsy among the general public and about what epilepsy means and doesn’t mean. People are unaware of the right actions if somebody has a seizure, or even what a seizure may look like. “Much could be done. Seizures can present in many different ways, so it is important that people know how to recognise them and what to do to give the best help possible.”

There is more information on employment and epilepsy on the Epilepsy Action website.

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Second Incomes Campaign: your guide to making a disclosure 26 May 2016

HMRC’s Second Incomes Campaign provides an opportunity for individuals in employment to bring their tax affairs up to date if they have undeclared additional income.

If you owe tax on your income you must tell HMRC about any unpaid tax now. You will then have 4 months to calculate and pay what you owe. The guide to making a disclosure explains how you can do that.

The Second Incomes Campaign is an opportunity open to individuals in employment who have an additional untaxed source of income. Examples of where a second income could come from are:

 fees from consultancy or other services such as public speaking or providing training  payment for organising parties and events or providing entertainment  income from activities such as taxi driving, hairdressing, providing fitness training or landscape gardening  profits from spare time activities such as making and selling craft items  profits from buying and selling goods, for example regular market stalls, boot sales etc.

Watch ‘ Do you have a second income? ’ to understand what it means to be employed but also work for yourself.

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Phased returns to work webinars 27 May 2016

Fit for Work have produced some webinars explaining how a phased return to work can happen in practice and benefit both the employee and employer.

Not all organisations have their own occupational health departments for advice on employee health matters. In addition, getting advice on the effect that work might have on a person’s health and, conversely, the effect that a person’s health issues might be having on their ability to work, is particularly important when employees are returning to work after sickness absence. Fit for Work offers free, expert and impartial work-related health advice to GPs, employers and employees to help those who are struggling in work with a health condition, or have been off work for four weeks or more due to sickness.


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