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Monday, 30 January 2012

Sick Days

The Evening Standard has a Taxpayer Alliance inspired story about sick days in local government. The trouble with these kind of stories is that they are so skewed that you can't tell whether the information is correct.

If the figures can be taken at face value, there does seem to be a genuine problem.  I can't think of any reason why Hillingdon should have sickness rates at double the level of Brent.  It is also worth noting the detail at the very end of the article, that Brent Council has dramatically improved in the past year.  This has been part of a deliberate focus on greater efficiency. 

However, the main thing that strikes me is how negative the journalist makes the article.

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