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Rise in Staff Sickness Will Cost Council Millions

June 17, 2015 12:06 AM

A report today showed sickness rates at Portsmouth City Council have risen from 7.88 days a year to 8.73 days per year over the last year. The largest increase in the reasons for people taking time off work is stress.

Portsmouth's Lib Dem Leader Councillor Gerald Vernon-Jackson is very concerned by this. "Nearly 35,000 days of work by council employees were lost last year costing local tax payers millions of pounds. The rise in sickness rates is disappointing when the council has just reduced the target for the number of days lost to 7 per employee. This comes at also comes at a time when the City Council is trying to save an extra £13 million a year."

Cllr Gerald Vernon-Jackson, Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group on Portsmouth City Council, is available on 07976 949272.