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Departments: Sick Leave

Volume 462: debated on Friday 29 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what percentage of sick leave taken by staff in his Department was stress-related in each of the last three years. (145970)

The percentage of stress-related sick leave taken by staff in the last three financial years is as follows:

Percentage of sick leave







The Department has been improving the way in which it monitors and records sickness absence.

As part of our attendance, health and welfare programme for staff, we have a range of policies in place to reduce stress. These include: a stress management policy; a revised sickness absence policy; a full range of flexible working patterns to support work-life balance; an on-site gym and yoga classes.

The Department also launched the employee assistance programme in April 2007, which includes a confidential advisory service and counselling service for all staff.

We will also be undertaking a stress audit at the end of 2007, beginning of 2008.