Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 14th January 2014.

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Photo of Paul Flynn Paul Flynn Labour, Newport West

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent steps he has taken to improve morale among his Department’s staff.

Photo of Dan Rogerson Dan Rogerson The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The staff engagement index, measured through DEFRA’s annual People Survey, is an indicator of staff morale. Results from the 2013 survey, due to be published at end of January, show an increased overall engagement score.

A wide range of actions have been undertaken to improve engagement over the last year, which we continue to build on. These include a better articulation of DEFRA’s overall offer to its staff; increased opportunities for staff to engage directly with senior leadership and provide their feedback; increased provision and take up of the learning and development opportunities available and a refreshed focus on giving all our staff equality of opportunity to progress and achieve their potential on merit.

We will continue to monitor engagement levels throughout the year and maintain our focus on improving these.

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