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LAs double investment in safety and health training

Local authorities spent an average of £27,818 on health and safety training courses this year – almost double what they spent in 2015, according to a Freedom of Information (FoI) request by software company Citrix.

LAs double investment in safety and health training
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 Citrix issued an FoI request in August to 129 local authorities across the UK to find out how much money they invested in courses for safety and health and mindfulness/meditation, compared with IT security and data protection training. 
 
Councils were asked to indicate how much of their budget had been dedicated to different training programmes over the past two years and to detail how much was spent in each fiscal year. Some 109 responded. 
 
The findings suggest that each local authority spent an average of £27,818 on health and safety training in FY 2016. This is almost twice as much as the FY 2015 average of £14,061. 
 
“It’s important to stress that these results are not exhaustive and definitive – and merely indicative of what might be,” said Citrix. 
 
“Yet, according to the figures provided, nearly £1.2m has been committed between the councils this fiscal year on health and safety, meditation, working at height and managing difficult situations training, compared to just £104,711 on IT security and data protection courses.” 

 

Keeley Downey is acting deputy editor of IOSH Magazine. She is a former editor of Biofuels International, Bioenergy Insight and Tank Cleaning Magazine

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