§ Mr. MacGregor
asked the Minister for the Civil Service what is the present arrangements in the Civil Service for the payment of staff while they are sick, including the individual's entitlement to national insurance benefit; and how his tax position is affected.
§ Mr. Charles R. Morris
The arrangements, originating before 1857, allow civil servants who work regularly at least 18 hours a week and provide medical evidence of incapacity up to six months sick leave on full pay during any period of 12 months followed by six months on780W
but details of basic national salaries for the main grades are given below.
half pay. These limits are subject to a maximum of 12 months' paid sick leave being taken in any period of four years or less. Since 1948, the amount of any national insurance sickness or other benefits received has been deducted from sick pay. Most staff, nevertheless, undertake not to claim benefit while entitled to full sick pay, and because benefits are not taxable they are allowed tax relief on a sum equal to the benefit they would otherwise be entitled to receive.