SMEs support tax breaks for health benefits

Many small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) support tax breaks for health benefits, such as therapies and gym membership, according to research by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH).

The report, Safety in numbers, was commissioned by the polling and research consultancy ComRes to investigate employer needs and attitudes to occupational safety and health in the UK.

More than a third of SMEs support tax breaks for therapy, over two-fifths support tax breaks for gym membership, and two-fifths said tax breaks would encourage them to provide more health support.

Rob Strange, chief executive at IOSH, said: “Modest government investment could yield enormous benefits in productivity and less demands on the state.

“Organisations that want to do the right thing and support their employees should be helped to do so. Good health and safety is good for business and tax payers too.”

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