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Departmental Staff

Volume 451: debated on Monday 30 October 2006

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster 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. (96507)

The Cabinet Office is committed to a diverse and professional work force that is provided with opportunities for personal growth and for acquiring the skills and competences essential for timely and effective delivery of the Department’s business. Its policies actively promote equality of opportunity for all employees irrespective of age.

In implementing the Employment Equality (Age) Legislation 2006 Cabinet Office carried out an age audit and, with the support of the union, introduced an age management policy that takes account of the legislation and pension scheme provisions. Cabinet Office policies on training, paid time off and working flexibly are available to all employees irrespective of age.