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Age Discrimination

Volume 451: debated on Monday 30 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if her Department will (a) carry out an age audit of its staff to establish an age profile of its workforce, (b) negotiate an age management policy with trade unions and employees to eliminate age discrimination and retain older workers, (c) identify and support training needs and offer older staff flexible working to downshift towards retirement and (d) extend to over-fifties the right to request to work flexibly and the right to training with paid time off; and if she will make a statement. (96487)

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has a personnel information system which holds staff records and therefore DCLG is aware of the age breakdown of its workforce.

There is no default age for retirement for staff below the senior civil service grades allowing an individual to continue work providing they receive satisfactory reports and have a good attendance and conduct record.

All staff irrespective of age are encouraged to access the learning portal which is available on their desks via the intranet to help them identify their development needs and select a suitable learning intervention.

Staff of any age may apply to work more flexibly and DCLG currently offers the following wherever practicable:

Reduced hours

Working at home

Condensed hours

Part year working

Term time working

Job share

This is in addition to the normal flexi time arrangements which are also available to all staff.