Department for Work and Pensions: Sick Leave

Department for Work and Pensions 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 Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate she has made of the number of days of sick leave taken by staff in her Department for mental health reasons in each year since 2010.

Photo of Justin Tomlinson Justin Tomlinson The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

The Department for Work and Pensions takes the Health, Safety and Wellbeing of its staff very seriously and recognises the need to support its employees with work related Mental Health conditions and its legal duties to do so.

We are committed to reducing sick absence as a result of work-related mental health conditions and provides a number of services in place to support its employees in managing those conditions in the workplace. This includes Stress Management Policy, Working Well Together Strategy and our established network of Mental Health First Aiders.

The table below provides details of the recorded Working Days Lost

DWP Working Days Lost (WDL) for Mental Health Reasons

Period

Working Days Lost - FTE

DWP Headcount at 31 March

April 2009 - March 2010

181,480

120,069

April 2010 - March 2011

184,667

109,445

April 2011 - March 2012

144,830

99,958

April 2012 - March 2013

153,681

104,889

Child Support joins DWP

April 2013 - March 2014

149,614

95,923

April 2014 - March 2015

123,619

90,018

April 2015 - March 2016

111,960

84,919

April 2016 - March 2017

116,108

84,052

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