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Department for Work and Pensions: Dismissal

Question for Department for Work and Pensions

UIN 23003, tabled on 19 January 2016

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many employees who were dismissed from employment by his Department or its executive agencies since 2010 were on long-term sickness absence at the time of their dismissal; and how many such employees had been diagnosed with a condition considered (a) incurable, and (b) terminal.

Answered on

26 January 2016

DWP has succeeded in reducing sickness absence from an annual average of 8.4 days per employee in December 2010 to 6.2 days per employee currently.

DWP’s Attendance Management policy is supportive of our people and we are committed to helping them maintain good health. We will support employees during periods of sickness absence as long as there is a realistic prospect they will return to work. However, where this is not the case, we need to take prompt action to manage the situation.

The following table provides a summary of number of employees dismissed while on long-term sickness absence.


Year

Headcount at end of year

Dismissals on Long Term Sick

2010

112,135

450

2011

101,331

439

2012

106,487

333

2013

99,343

423

2014

90,388

453

2015

84,429

421


DWP does not record whether an employee’s condition is diagnosed as incurable or terminal, so cannot provide this information.