Magazine article Public Finance

Sick Leave in Parts of the DfT Are 'Astonishingly High'

Magazine article Public Finance

Sick Leave in Parts of the DfT Are 'Astonishingly High'

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Sickness absence in the Department for Transport and its agencies costs around £24m a year, government auditors said this week.

The National Audit Office noted that rates were notably high in both the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency and the Driving Standards Agency at 14 and 13.1 days respectively in 2005, and 13.1 and 13.7 days in 2006. This compares with an average annual rate often days in similar organisations.

Public Accounts Committee chair Edward Leigh said sick leave in parts of the DfT was 'astonishingly high'.

'It's disappointing that overall very little progress has been made by the department in bringing sickness absence down. This means that 2010 sickness absence targets remain extremely challenging,' he said.

However, in other parts of the department performance was better. Sickness absence in the central DfT, the Highways Agency and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency compared favourably with both the public and private sectors. …

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