Hull City Council leader Stephen Brady signs the ‘Dying to Work’ Charter at the Guildhall. Above left to right: Neil Ware of GMB, Nikki Osborne of Unison, Dave Oglesby of GMB, Bill Adams of TUC, Dave Curtis of Unite, Jacqui Blesic of Hull City Council, Matt Jukes, chief executive of Hull City Council.
Hull City Council leader Stephen Brady signs the Dying to Work pledge.

Hull City Council pledges to support staff with terminal illness

Hull City Council has become the latest organisation to sign up to a policy that supports staff going through a terminal illness diagnosis.

The ‘Dying to Work’ Charter is a voluntary commitment that gives additional protection to employees dealing with this extremely difficult situation and offers the reassurance of support.

The local authority is one of 50 in the UK, along with other public and private sector organisations, to sign the charter.

The council recently updated its sickness absence management policy and guidance about how it treats absences following a terminal illness diagnosis.

Hull City Council chief executive Matt Jukes said: “We know a diagnosis like this causes huge emotional stress, fear and uncertainty to our staff and their families and we understand that everyone will need to deal with this differently.

“The nature of an illness means some people may choose to work as long as possible, while others are unlikely to be able to work again or simply don’t want to work anymore so they can spend time with their loved ones.

“As a council, we strive to give care and consideration in supporting our staff through any life events, including a terminal illness diagnosis, so I am proud to announce that today we have signed the TUC’s Dying to Work Charter.

Councillor Stephen Brady, leader of Hull City Council, said: “It is incredibly important that as a council, we fully endorse and sign the Dying to Work Charter and we hope it will provide peace of mind for an employee and their family during the most difficult of times.”

Find out more about the charter at www.dyingtowork.co.uk

Jean Bishop, Hull’s Bee Lady, centre, who opened The Jean Bishop Integrated Care Centre.