Employment: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 24th June 2019.

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Photo of Stephen Morgan Stephen Morgan Labour, Portsmouth South

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent steps she has taken to support people with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis in the workplace.

Photo of Justin Tomlinson Justin Tomlinson The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

Access to Work offers practical and financial support with the additional costs faced by individuals whose health or disability affects the way they do their job, including people with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME).

Although we do not disaggregate data for people with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis in the Access to Work statistics, last year we published ‘Access to Work: Qualitative research with applicants, employers and delivery staff’, which included a case study for an applicant with ME. The individual in question returned to employment in a call centre role after 10 years off due to ill-health. Through Access to Work, they received a suitable chair and keyboard, which greatly reduced the joint pain they had been experiencing and enabled them to stay in the new role.

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