Cabinet Office: Sick Pay

Cabinet Office written question – answered on 29th November 2017.

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Photo of Tommy Sheppard Tommy Sheppard Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Cabinet Office), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Scotland), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (House of Lords)

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the cost of sickness pay to staff in his Department was in each of the 10 years prior to June 2016.

Photo of Caroline Nokes Caroline Nokes Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Cabinet Office)

Holding answer received on 12 October 2017

The table below sets out the cost of sickness pay paid to staff in my Department each year from 1 April 2009 to 30th June 2016. Information about the cost of sickness pay paid to staff in my Department before April 2009 is not available.

2009*

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016**

Statutory Sick Pay

£269

£1,567

£5,163

£2,063

£4,903

£3,266

£6,628

£4,928

Occupational Sick Pay

£139,535

£203,025

£528,810

£406,837

£405,908

£439,844

£465,716

£290,081

Total

£141,813

£206,602

£535,984

£410,911

£412,824

£445,124

£474,358

£297,025

* From 1 Apr 2009

**To 30 Jun 2016

Information about sickness absence in the Cabinet Office is published on the Cabinet Office website at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/cabinet-office-absence-data

The most recent published figures show that for the year to 30 June 2017, the Cabinet Office has one of the lowest recorded sickness rates across the Civil Service at 2.9 average working days lost when compared to the latest Civil Service average of 7.0 .

My Department is committed to reducing work related absence due to mental illness and has a number of services in place to support members of staff suffering from such conditions. Our Workwell community is staffed by volunteers who aim to make Cabinet Office a happy and healthy workplace through a number of interventions including a listening service for staff. We also offer a 24 hour counselling support helpline through our Employee Assistance Programme provider and advocate early referral to our occupational health service where appropriate, for advice on a number of conditions including mental health.

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