Staff Absence Scheme for Schools

“Does the authority provide a staff absence scheme for schools?  Yes, the Council has an Absence Insurance Scheme for schools.

If no, has the authority historically provided a scheme for schools and when did this cease?  The Council  has an Absence Insurance Scheme for schools.

If yes, is the scheme outsourced to a provider or delivered by the authority?  The Scheme, which is called the Mutual Fund, is administered by Devon County Council’s Education Finance Team.

If the scheme is outsourced to a provider, which provider is this and when does this agreement expire?  Who is responsible for the management of the scheme within the authority?  The contact within Devon County Council for this scheme is Daniel Causon (until the end of August) and Marcus Weeks within the Council’s Education Finance Team.

If the scheme is provided by the authority, can you please provide details of the scheme including:-

       Daily benefit amount reimbursed for each category of staff; **

       Waiting period applied to each claim; **

       Are there any exclusions to the scheme? If so, please provide details of this; **

       Is the scheme open to Academies? Yes.

       How is the price of the scheme determined for each school? **

       Are there any limitations of cover for certain types of condition?  If so, please provide details of this; **

**This information is publicly available via the Support for Schools Finance Mutual Fund section of the Devon County Council website.

       Who is responsible for the management of the scheme within the authority? Daniel Causon (until the end of August) and Marcus Weeks.

       Number of schools participating in the scheme; 146

       Size of the scheme in £ and claims payment settlements; £661,721 is the amount received in premiums for schools buying into the Scheme this financial year (since 1 April 2019), and £88,517 is the amount paid out in claim payment settlements.