COUNCIL leaders say the number of days lost sick by employees is on target according to new figures.
In July, the Mail reported that new Hartlepool Borough Council figures for 2012-13 reveal that overall the number of days sick per employee was 7.96, more than five days less than the high of 13.52 in 2006-07.
Now senior officers have revealed the figures for the first three months of the 2013-14 financial year which show they are on target at just over 7.5 days.
While the local authority missed its own target of 7.7 days for the last 12 months, it is still the sixth successive year the figure has fallen.
The figures were discussed at a meeting of the finance and policy committee, chaired by leader of the council, Labour councillor Christopher Akers-Belcher.
A report by Andrew Atkin, assistant chief executive, said: “The target figure for 2013-14 for the council is 7.50 days absence per wte employee (whole time equivalent). “The actual sickness rate at the end of the first quarter shows the council’s performance is basically on target at 7.52 days per wte per employee per annum.
“Overall the figures still demonstrate a year on year improvement for the council.”