Treasury: Sick Leave

Treasury written question – answered on 19th September 2018.

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Photo of Justin Madders Justin Madders Shadow Minister (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) (Labour), Shadow Minister (Health and Social Care)

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the number of days of sick leave taken by staff in his Department for mental health reasons in each year since 2010.

Photo of Robert Jenrick Robert Jenrick The Exchequer Secretary

The number of days sick leave taken due to mental health reasons can be found in the Annual Report and Accounts which can be accessed via this link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/hmt-annual-report

Since 2014/15 we are now intervening earlier with preventive measures which may have had a positive impact on days lost to mental health-related sickness.

HM Treasury has the following support in place for those that are suffering due to stress:

  • Stress and Mental Health Awareness elearning – learn about stress, what the stressors can be and how to identify and lessen stress
  • Stress risk assessment used to identify stressors and implement controls to help reduce/eliminate the stress
  • Workplace Adjustments including flexible working
  • Stress Management guidance and a Mental Health Guide for Managers
  • Tips to help reduce stress
  • Mental Health First Aiders
  • Employee Assistance Programme – this is a confidential 24/7 helpline that can offer point people to where
  • Occupational Health provision
  • Mental Wellbeing Network
  • Treasury Supporters who are employees trained to help colleagues work through any concerns, however serious whatever their cause
  • Wellness Action Plans
  • Time to Talk Workshops
  • HR Advisers
  • Health, Safety & Wellbeing Team

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