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Volume 480: debated on Monday 6 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what arrangements his Department has in place to assist officials to overcome the effects of stress experienced in the workplace. (222166)

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is committed to the well-being of its employees. It has a number of procedures in place to reduce stress at work. A stress management framework, based on the Health and Safety Executive’s management standards, is available to all employees and gives easy to use advice on the successful prevention, recognition and management of stress at work.

In addition, DWP has an employee assistance programme, which is designed to offer individual staff and managers a confidential advice and support service on a wide range of issues, including work related stress. This service is available to all employees any time of day or night.