DWP Private Office consists of seven Ministers’ offices, the Permanent Secretary’s office, the Special Advisers office and the Parliamentary and Correspondence Teams. Of a total 73 staff in post, the percentage of Private Office staff in the Department for Work and Pensions who are recorded as (a) male, (b) female and (c) disabled is as follows:
(a) 41 per cent. male
(b) 59 per cent. female
(c)The number of disabled staff included in the above is between 0-4. The Civil Service Code of Practice prevents diversity data being declared when small numbers are involved in order to protect the identity of individuals.
It should be noted that departmental records of disability are solely based on voluntary declarations of disability under the Disability Discrimination Act 1995.