Employment: Mental Illness

Women and Equalities written question – answered on 9th May 2019.

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Photo of Layla Moran Layla Moran Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Education)

To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what progress her Department has made in extending protection for people with mental health conditions; and what assessment the Government has made of the potential merits of amending the Equality Act 2010 so that employees who experience fluctuating mental health conditions are better protected.

Photo of Victoria Atkins Victoria Atkins The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department, Minister for Women

We are considering the scope for further legislative protections for people with mental health conditions. This includes working with the Department for Health and Social Care to assess the merits of amending the Equality Act 2010, where this would improve protections for people with fluctuating mental health conditions.

The Equality Act 2010 already protects people whose mental health conditions meet the definition of disability in the Act, specifically a physical or mental impairment that has a ‘substantial and long-term adverse effect on a person’s ability to carry out normal day to day activities’.

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