Decision details

CAB 30/01/2020 - Scrutiny Review – Absence Management

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: For Determination

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


To consider Scrutiny’s findings and recommendations resulting from a Scrutiny Management Board one-day Task & Finish Group on absence management.


The Chair of Scrutiny Management Board presented a report which invited Cabinet Members to consider the findings and recommendations arising from the Attendance Management Task and Finish Group.


The Task and Finish Group held a one-day session on 14 November 2019 in County Hall, Kendal.


Based on the current absence data, members heard from the Assistant Directors from Customer and Community Services, Integration and Partnerships, Adults and Provider Services about their action plans for managing absence. This included deep dives into the data on absence for their areas of responsibility, including the causes and numbers of absences for 2018/19, demographic factors and the key issues in the relevant service areas.


Members had considered a range of information in advance and during the Task and Finish session, which included corporate and service area specific data and trends, benchmarking information, examples of internal and external good practice, and pieces of national research on absence management.


The Task and Finish Group made 5 recommendations to Cabinet on actions to improve absence management across the Council and reduce absence in service areas with current high levels of absence.


RESOLVED, that the report be received and noted.


The Chair thanked the Chair of Scrutiny management Board for the review.  Cabinet’s response was detailed in the next item.  Minute No 89 refers.


Report author: Clare Killeen

Publication date: 04/02/2020

Date of decision: 30/01/2020

Decided at meeting: 30/01/2020 - Cabinet

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