Correction to inaccurate headline

By on 06/02/2013 in Rebuttals

Birmingham Mail Feb 6With reference to the front page headline in today’s Birmingham Mail about sickness rates, we would like to make it clear that the figure of 431 relates to the number of employees absent over 14 weeks across the whole children and family services directorate of approximately 7,780 staff, and not just social workers as the headline states.

A Birmingham City Council spokesperson said: “We are determined to reduce levels of staff sickness and the figures are falling on an annual basis.

“Some areas of the council’s work, such as frontline social work, will create greater stresses and demands and will inevitably have a higher than average sickness rate.

“However, we know long-term sickness needs addressing and we have plans in place, including human resources personnel routinely attending service area team meetings to
discuss complex and long-term cases with managers.

“Whilst we recognise the seriousness of this issue, it should be remembered too that the majority of staff are absolutely dedicated to children’s services and their attendance and the hours they work in difficult circumstances is commendable.”

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