Sickness levels at council drop dramatically

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SICKNESS levels at Daventry District Council (DDC) have dropped dramatically following a concerted effort to tackle the problem.

At one stage Daventry District Council workers each took an average of 13 days a year off sick, placing them 231st out of 238 councils in the country in terms of performance. Part of that was blamed on the high number of manual workers within the authority compared with some other councils.

However, a report shows that since the creation of a sickness and absence task panel the figure has been steadily declining. The average had fallen to just under five-and-a-half days by the end of July 2011.