The Council is committed to preventing and reducing sickness absence levels. It is recognised that high levels of attendance contribute to more effective delivery of Council services and have a positive impact on employee morale, increase job security and make the Council more efficient.

Furthermore, it is important to ensure that employees experiencing problems with attendance at work are adequately supported (where it is practicable and reasonable to do so). Employees who are absent from work due to sickness will be treated consistently and with respect. 

Managing sickness absence makes business sense – it is estimated that sickness absence costs the UK economy around £16 billion a year.