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Departmental Sick Pay

Volume 479: debated on Monday 1 September 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much was paid in sick pay to staff in (a) his Department and its predecessor and (b) the non-departmental bodies for which it has responsibility in each of the last five years; what proportion of the staffing expenditure of each body this represented in each year; and if he will make a statement. (216099)

Due to the wide range of posts and salary points in the Department and its non-departmental public bodies, the actual cost of sick pay to staff in each of the last five years could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

The Department’s general policy for full-time staff is to pay sickness absence on full pay for up to 182 days, followed by sickness absence on half pay for up to 183 days. Sickness absence is unpaid once entitlement to full or half pay has been exhausted, unless HR approves payment of sick pay at pension rate.