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Cable calls for transparency over employers' mental health strategies

October 10, 2018 2:00 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

In recognition of World Mental Health Day, Leader of the Liberal Democrats Vince Cable has called upon employers to publish their mental health strategies.

Sending a warning to industries that if they fail to publish their practices, the Government must compel them to do so, Vince Cable said:

"Businesses must become far more transparent about how they help staff deal with mental health issues. Only 11% of our biggest employers disclose any information on mental health in their annual reports, according to Business in the Community, but to ensure that best practice is shared across industry, improving the workplace for all employees, they all must.

"This transparency would also drive standards through competition, and with mental health finally being more openly discussed in society and our schools, it is time workplaces stepped up.

"If big companies won't voluntarily disclose this information or produce a thorough, publicly published plan of action, then the government should take heed of the Stevenson/Farmer review and amend legislation to force employers to do so."