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Evening Standard: Sicknote capital: council workers take 800,000 days off in a single year



The Taxpayers Alliance questioned why staff sickness should be higher in the public sector than the private. Spokesman Robert Oxley said: “Sickness rates in the public sector are always higher than in the private sector and there’s no justification for this.

“There may be a slight difference with the NHS because staff are exposed to higher levels of disease but when it comes to council workers that’s not the case. It vindicates the public perception that council workers are inclined to take ‘sickies’.”

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