The sickness rate at Suffolk County Council last year was 9.96 days per person - meaning more than 65,800 days were lost due to ill health.
The figures relate to non-school employees - but when you take into consideration the number of sickness days taken by teachers, assistants, school admin staff and caretakers the figure rises to a shocking 139,507 days.
The figures, which were obtained through a Freedom of Information request, also put the council above the UK average of 6.5 days per person which was calculated by the Confederation of British Industry (CBI).
Despite facing a sickness bill of more than £5m, Suffolk County Council defended the figures. A spokeswoman said: “Suffolk County Council’s absence figures are in line with the local government average.
My comment: Same excuse MPs used for fiddling their expenses, other MPs are doing it so that makes it right, NOT.
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