Departments: Sick Leave

Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 27th June 2007.

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Photo of David Simpson David Simpson Shadow Spokesperson (Education), Shadow Spokesperson (International Development), Shadow Spokesperson (Transport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what percentage of sick leave taken by staff in her Department was stress-related in each of the last three years.

Photo of Angela Smith Angela Smith Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Communities and Local Government, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

In each of the last three years the percentage of sick leave which is recorded as stress related is; 2006-07: 8.7 per cent., 2005-06: 8.6 per cent., 2004-05: 8.2 per cent.

Our staff handbook provides information for staff and managers on stress in the workplace. The Department offers counselling and support services to staff and guidance to managers on minimising stress.

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