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Communities and Local Government: Sick Leave

Department for Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 23rd November 2016.

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Photo of Norman Lamb Norman Lamb Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what number of working days were lost due to mental illness in his Department in each of the last three years.

Photo of Marcus Jones Marcus Jones Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Communities and Local Government) (Local Government)

My Department has had the following working days lost to mental illness in each of the last three years:

Working Days Lost to Mental Illness

Days Lost

(Short Term)

Days Lost

(Long Term)

Total Working Days Lost (12 month period)

Available Working Days (12 Month Period)

% of working days lost due to mental illness

Mar-14

530

1951.5

2481.5

392905.4

0.6%

Mar-15

753.0

1849.0

2602.0

389052.2

0.7%

Mar-16

733.5

2959

3692.5

389960.2

0.9%

Oct-16

588

2986.5

3574.5

365433.4

1.0%

The department introduced Mental Health First Aid training for staff in February 2015 and has since trained over 100 people. We have an active Mental Health Ambassador Network of staff who offer advice, support and direction to both staff and managers. DCLG also has also a Mental Health Support Group that encourages staff experiencing poor mental health or who caring for someone with a mental health illness to share experiences and offer mutual support and advice.

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