Department for Work and Pensions: Dismissal

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 26th January 2016.

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Photo of Chris Matheson Chris Matheson Labour, City of Chester

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many employees who were dismissed from employment by his Department or its executive agencies since 2010 were on long-term sickness absence at the time of their dismissal; and how many such employees had been diagnosed with a condition considered (a) incurable, and (b) terminal.

Photo of Justin Tomlinson Justin Tomlinson Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (Department for Work and Pensions) (Disabled People)

DWP has succeeded in reducing sickness absence from an annual average of 8.4 days per employee in December 2010 to 6.2 days per employee currently.

DWP’s Attendance Management policy is supportive of our people and we are committed to helping them maintain good health. We will support employees during periods of sickness absence as long as there is a realistic prospect they will return to work. However, where this is not the case, we need to take prompt action to manage the situation.

The following table provides a summary of number of employees dismissed while on long-term sickness absence.

Year

Headcount at end of year

Dismissals on Long Term Sick

2010

112,135

450

2011

101,331

439

2012

106,487

333

2013

99,343

423

2014

90,388

453

2015

84,429

421

DWP does not record whether an employee’s condition is diagnosed as incurable or terminal, so cannot provide this information.

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