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Covid absence (2020)

Request

  1. The number of staff who have been been told to self isolate due to coming in close contact with someone with Covid-19.
  2. The number of staff who have been unable to work due to contracting Covid-19.

 

Response

  1. The number of staff who have been been told to self isolate due to coming in close contact with someone with Covid-19.
    Some information is held by the House of Commons.
    The House records staff absence figures (Table 1) for staff of the House of Commons Administration and the Parliamentary Digital Service who are self-isolating due to Covid-19. Our definition for this is staff who are self-isolating but are absent from work because they would find it difficult to or are unable to work from home (for example, they do not have the equipment, their role cannot be performed from home or they have caring responsibilities which stop them from working). Please note that this figure does not have regard for the particular reason they are self-isolating, such as being instructed to isolate.
    Please note that some information in the table above has been redacted. This is because in some instances, owing to the low numbers of staff involved (fewer than 10) disclosing this data may make it possible for individuals to be identified. This information is therefore exempt by virtue of section 40 (2) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA), as disclosure of this information to the public generally, in the House’s view, would not be consistent with data protection principles in Article 5 of the General Data Protection Regulations. This is an absolute exemption and the public interest test does not apply.
  2. The number of staff who have been unable to work due to contracting Covid-19.
    Some information is held by the House of Commons.
    The House also records staff absence figures for staff of the House of Commons Administration and the Parliamentary Digital Service who are sick due to Covid-19 (Table 2). Our definition for this is staff who are absent from work because they either have a confirmed case of Covid-19 or they are showing symptoms of Covid-19, and therefore should not be expected to do any work. Please note that information about which reported cases of Covid-19 are actually confirmed is not recorded.