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Prison and Probation Service: Sick Leave

Question for Ministry of Justice

UIN 121220, tabled on 26 November 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS) Annual Staff Equalities Report 2019-20, published on 26 November 2020, what the reasons are for the increase in the Average Days Lost to Sickness Absence from 2018-19 to 2019-20.

Answered on

4 December 2020

HMPPS has published the reasons for sickness absence which have contributed to average working days lost (AWDL). The full list of reasons for sick absence in 2019/20 compared to 2018/19 can be found in the September HMPPS Workforce Quarterly Report (table 20), available at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/her-majestys-prison-and-probation-service-workforce-quarterly-september-2020

Sickness absence has increased in the majority of sickness categories, which has contributed to the overall increase of AWDL across HMPPS. HMPPS is committed to ensuring the health, safety and wellbeing of its staff in England and Wales, with all staff having access to a comprehensive occupational health service and employee assistance programme.