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Corporate Adviser Magazine - Employers urged to provide more support for cancer survivors

More than a third of employers do not provide financial support for staff diagnosed with a serious illness such as cancer.

Group Risk Development (Grid), the industry body for the group risk sector, is calling for more help for these employees, particularly with more people now surviving cancer, thanks to earlier diagnosis and more effective treatments.

The Grid survey found that nine per cent of UK businesses said providing financial support ‘was not their responsibility’. However the survey, published ahead of Cancer Survivors Day (June 7) showed the majority of employers did offer some support, although this was not always financial.

A total of 77 per cent of employers claim to offer some sort of practical oer emotional support. This may be funded by the employer directly rather than via an insurance policy.

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