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No. Item

85.

Apologies

86.

Declarations of Interest

    Members are required to declare any disclosable pecuniary, personal or personal and prejudicial interests they may have and the nature of those interests relating to items on this agenda and/or indicate if S106 of the Local Government Finance Act 1992 applies to them.   

    Minutes:

    There were no declarations of interest.

87.

Urgent Items of Business

88.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 80 KB

    To consider the minutes of the meeting of the Corporate Overview and Scrutiny Committee held 13th February 2018.

    Minutes:

    Decision:

     

    That the minutes of the meeting of the Corporate Overview and Scrutiny

    Committee held on 13th February 2018 be approved and signed as a correct record.

89.

Health Related Absence Reporting pdf icon PDF 102 KB

    To consider the third quarter health related absence figures 2017/18

    Minutes:

    The Committee scrutinised a report of the Director of Resources that provided Members with the third quarter health related absence figures for 2017/2018.

     

    The third quarter health related absence figures, indicated that the overall level for the Authority was 2.36 days per FTE, of which 1.55 days (66%) were due to long term sickness absence.  The days lost for the same period in 2016/17 was 2.75 days per FTE of which 1.86 (68%) was due to long term sickness absence.

     

    Decision:

     

    That the third quarter position for health related absence for the Council for 2017/18 and the reduction in absence levels compared to the same period in the previous year be noted.

90.

Health Related Absence Study Group Report pdf icon PDF 236 KB

    To consider the outcomes of the review of the Corporate Overview and      Scrutiny Committee Health Related Absence Study Group

    Minutes:

    The Committee considered the report of the Health Related Absence Study Group which presented the outcome of the review of the Health Related Absence Study Group and sought agreement to the recommendations put forward by the Group.

     

    A Member Overview and Scrutiny Study Group was established to examine the Council`s Health Related Absence Policy. The Group comprised; Elected Members (nominated from the Corporate Overview & Scrutiny Committee), Officers who inputted to the review from both a corporate and operational perspective and Trade Union representatives. The Study Group met on five occasions in total and considered numerous issues and evidence, on which the Members had been fully engaged.

     

    The purpose of the Group was to examine the Councils Health Related Absence Policy and in particular to undertake a review into long-term sickness absence due to non-work related stress as this is the highest reason for sickness absence.

     

    The group identified the following conclusions for consideration by the Committee in relation to management of long-term sickness absences;

               The Group was satisfied that the arrangements for managing absence and supporting employees were robust.

               Reporting schools data separately to the Corporate Overview and Scrutiny Committee would provide a more accurate reflection of absence levels within the Council (this was consistent with the approach taken by other AGMA Authorities) and recommended that this was taken into consideration by the Leadership Team when setting Attendance Targets.

               that the Council should continue to review how the health and well-being strategy was impacting on reducing sickness absence and consider further ways in which staff engagement could be facilitated to inform and support the development and implementation of the strategy.

     

    Decision:

     

    1.    That the Committee recognises the improvements in attendance and requests that Leadership Team continue to ensure that appropriate robust management arrangements and targeted support are offered to those employees who are absent through sickness. In this regard, the Head of Workforce and OD be requested to monitor absence levels and report to the Corporate Overview and Scrutiny Committee on a six monthly basis (to be reviewed after two years to consider whether this reporting arrangement is appropriate);

    2.    That the suggested approach to the Council`s Health Related Absence Targets, in that the Councils position within AGMA, be taken into account by the Leadership Team when setting Attendance Targets be noted;

    3.    That the that the Head of Workforce and OD be requested to assess any appropriate provisions to support employees experiencing non

    work related stress, including encouraging staff to undertake training in mental health first aid (subject to costs being met from within existing budgets);

     

    4.         That the 2016 staff survey results as they relate to health and wellbeing and that the Study Group fully acknowledged the actions currently being taken by managers, the HR Service and Trade Unions to robustly manage attendance and proactively support employees with health issues be noted.

     

91.

Corporate Overview and Scrutiny Committee - Work Programme 2017/18 pdf icon PDF 88 KB

92.

Corporate Issues and Reform Overview and Scrutiny Committee pdf icon PDF 96 KB