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Civil Servants: Disability

Cabinet Office written question – answered on 5th September 2013.

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Photo of Jim Sheridan Jim Sheridan Labour, Paisley and Renfrewshire North

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he will consider agreeing a disability leave entitlement to staff in the Civil Service who have returned to work after claiming disability benefits.

Photo of Francis Maude Francis Maude The Paymaster General and Minister for the Cabinet Office

The civil service should always make reasonable adjustments to minimise disadvantage people may face in the workplace because of a disability. This includes discretion for disabled employees in the management of their attendance. It is for individual Departments to determine how this is applied, but typical approaches may include allowing special leave or other paid time off for employees with a disability to have treatment or attend rehabilitation or medical appointments.

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