Sick Days (4421_13)

Request

Please could you let me know how many sick days through stress have been taken by your staff in 2013? 

Please include any time when workers have been signed off through stress.
Could you also let me know how many were taken in 2012, 2011, 2010, and as far back as the last 10 years where possible?

Response

The cost of providing all of the requested information, and therefore compliance with your request, is above the amount to which we are legally required to respond. Although excess cost removes the force’s obligations under the Freedom of Information Act, as a gesture of goodwill I have supplied information, relative to your request, retrieved before it was realised that the fees limit would be exceeded (see below)I trust this is helpful, but it does not affect our legal right to rely on the fees regulations for the remainder of the request.

The table below shows the number of factor days lost due to psychological disorders for the years 2007/08 to 2012/13.

Financial year

Reason

PCSO

Police Officer

Police Staff

Total

2012/2013 Psychological Disorders

928

15,705

5,528

22,161

2011/2012 Psychological Disorders

1,475

12,869

5,908

20,252

2010/2011 Psychological Disorders

894

13,944

7,597

22,435

2009/2010 Psychological Disorders

824

10,070

5,686

16,580

2008/2009 Psychological Disorders

789

10,976

6,610

18,375

2007/2008 Psychological Disorders

909

12,369

5,755

19,033

Our data are not organised in such a way as to allow us to provide the four additional years information. The only way to identify the requested information would be to undertake a manual search of each individual’s record. Therefore, such a search would exceed the appropriate limit. This means that the cost of compliance with your request is above the amount to which we are legally required to respond, i.e. the cost of locating and retrieving the information would exceed the appropriate costs limit under section 12 of the Freedom of information Act 2000. For West Midlands Police, the appropriate limit is set at £450, as prescribed by the Freedom of Information and Data Protection (Appropriate Limit and Fees) Regulations 2004, S.I. 3244. In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000, this letter acts as a refusal notice.

A public authority which, in relation to any request for information, is relying on a claim that section 12 or section 14 applies must, within the time for complying with Section 1(1), give the applicant a notice stating that fact. In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000, this letter acts as a refusal notice.

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