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Departmental Disciplinary Proceedings

Volume 472: debated on Monday 25 February 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what percentage of staff in his Department have received written warnings for breaching standards of behaviour or attendance in each month in the last five years. (181267)

The Department introduced a new personnel computer system incrementally from November 2006, being fully implemented by April 2007. The following information reflects the number of staff with a written warning for (a) breaching standards of behaviour; or (b) unsatisfactory attendance recorded on that system from April 2007 in each month to December 2007.

Information prior to April 2007 is held on a number of legacy systems. The cost of extracting this information in the format requested from these, and clerical records, for the period prior to April 2007 would be at a disproportionate cost.

The percentage of DWP staff receiving written warnings is calculated on the total number of staff employed by DWP in each month.

As at 2007:

Unsatisfactory attendance written warning issued

Number of written warnings for unsatisfactory attendance as a percentage of all DWP staff

Standards of behaviour written warning issued

Number of written warnings for standards of behaviour as a percentage of all DWP staff

April

137

0.11

46

0.04

May

165

0.13

34

0.03

June

167

0.14

41

0.03

July

175

0.14

47

0.04

August

172

0.14

29

0.02

September

165

0.14

32

0.03

October

167

0.14

41

0.03

November

185

0.16

42

0.04

December

114

0.10

33

0.03

Total

1,447

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