According to a report set to go before the employment panel today, between April and June HDC lost an additional day to ­sickness each year per full-time employee when ­compared to other authorities in the East of England. The figures hit a high between January to March when HDC lost the equivalent of 8.9 days per FTE per year compared to the East of England average of 7.7. Last quarters figure had improved slightly at 8.7 days but was up from 8.5 over the same period in 2012. HDC leader Councillor Jason Ablewhite said: Were monitoring absences closely. Weve had an increase since the outbreak of the Government cuts. When you have around 1,100 staff members, which is equivalent to about 600 full-time, youre bound to have one or two long-term absences that skew the figures. While the cuts are affecting everyone thats little consolation if youre a member of staff with a family and a mortgage.