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Departmental Retirement

Volume 472: debated on Wednesday 5 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many of his Department’s staff retired on the grounds of stress-related illness in each of the last three years. (187885)

The Department was set up as part of the Machinery of Government changes on 28 June 2007, so departmental information on retirements is only available from then. There have been no stress-related medical retirements in my Department in the period since that date.

The Department has policies in place to reduce work related stress including a range of measures to support managers and employees on health and wellbeing issues. These include the provision of professional counselling and support from the Department’s Employee Assistance Provider, Right Corecare. My Department has piloted a Health and Safety Executive (HSE) Stress Questionnaire and conducted Individual Stress Risk Assessments for employees who require them. It will shortly be launching a comprehensive Stress Prevention Policy, based on recognised HSE Management Standards.