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Departmental Sick Pay

Volume 472: debated on Tuesday 26 February 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the cost of sickness pay to staff within his Department was in the most recent year for which figures are available. (187520)

It is estimated that the cost of sick pay within the public sector Prison Service during 2007 was £68 million. Estimated costs for other parts of the Department are not readily available and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

The Cabinet Office published a report on sickness absence in the civil service on 7 February 2008. The report included an analysis of the days lost due to sickness absence. The report included an estimate of £887.66 for 2006-07 as the cost of absence per staff year in respect of all civil servants.