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Cutting sickness rates would give councils equivalent of hundreds of staff

Mar 7, 2017 - The Daily Telegraph (London)

Cutting sickness rates could give councils across Scotland a staffing boost equivalent to taking on about 650 fulltime workers amid deep SNP spending cuts, an official report has concluded.

The Accounts Commission highlighted staff sickness rates for 2015-16. These varied from nonteaching staff taking an average of 8.8 days off a year as a result of illness in Aberdeenshire to an average of 14.8 days in the Western Isles.

Local authorities have seen staff numbers fall by 7 per cent o

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