A meeting of North Lanarkshire Council’s Policy and Resources (Human Resources) sub-committee for the last three months of 2015 heard that the cost of sickness absence payments made to council staff whilst off work could reach a whopping £2.8 million – that’s without taking into account the cost of overtime and/or temporary cover as their colleagues struggled to cover the workload.

Read more: Lanarkshire Council: Sickness Absence costs £2.8 Million in 3 months