The information is as follows:
(a) Obligations and rights concerning the working day and breaks at work are contained in a collective agreement with departmental trade unions.
Time off in lieu for working lunch breaks is not granted. The Department recognises that working for long periods without taking a break is not good for an individual. For this reason DWP staff are expected to take a meal break at an appropriate point in the day.
(b) Time off in lieu of working evenings is only available to individuals not contracted to work this pattern.
(c) As a result of working outside contracted hours and as an alternative to extra hours or overtime pay, an employee may, with their line manager’s agreement, take time off in lieu for the hours actually worked, excluding meal breaks. In agreeing to this, a line manager will balance the individual’s request with business needs.
DWP does not maintain central records of the total or average days taken off in lieu by employees. To extract this information from individual records for the period requested would incur a disproportionate cost. Non-departmental public bodies do not hold this information.