‘Sickies’ cost cash-strapped council over £250,000

Scarborough Town Hall. A new council report shows the authoirty lost �250,000 last year due to sick days.
Scarborough Town Hall. A new council report shows the authoirty lost �250,000 last year due to sick days.
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Sick days cost Scarborough Council over a quarter of a million pound last year.

In a report published by the cash-strapped authority, the total cost of sickness to the council last year was £267,111.

North Yorkshire county councillor Penny Marsden

North Yorkshire county councillor Penny Marsden

The figures also show that each council employee took, on average, 5.42 unscheduled days off in the period between April 2012 and March 2013.

However, council chiefs are pleased with the figures - as the cost is down over £80,000 on the previous year, when sickness cost the authority £349,122.

The report, from cabinet member Cllr Penny Marsden, will go before the full council on Monday May 13 and shows the authority are clamping down on sickness.

It states that over the past five years, the target absence figure has almost halved, with employees taking over nine days off a year on average in 2007/2008.

The report reads: “During the past five years the Council has made year on year improvements.

“The HR Team will continue to work closely with Managers to achieve further improvements and stretching targets for 2013/14 are currently being considered.”