Menopause: Employment

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered at on 22 May 2024.

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Photo of Charlotte Nichols Charlotte Nichols Labour, Warrington North

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps the Government is taking to support women to stay in employment when managing menopausal symptoms.

Photo of Mims Davies Mims Davies The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

In March 2023, the Minister for Social Mobility, Youth and Progression announced the appointment of Helen Tomlinson, as the Government's first Menopause Employment Champion. Helen Tomlinson is driving awareness of issues surrounding the menopause and work; encouraging employers to develop policies that create a more supportive environment to help women stay in work and progress.

On International Women’s Day 2024, Helen Tomlinson published her 12-month report – “Shattering the Silence about Menopause” providing an update on progress and reflecting on her first year in the role.

The Government also recently launched the Menopause Resources Hub on the Help to Grow portal. This guidance provides businesses, large and small, with the resources they need to help educate their organisation and workers about the menopause.

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