To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the House of Commons Commission, what assessment the Commission has made of the mental health implications of requiring Members' and House staff to work from home.
8 November 2021
The House of Commons Commission has implemented relevant Government guidance which at times required individuals to work from home. Since legal restrictions were lifted no member of House staff has been required to work from home where this would have an impact on their health.
Arrangements for their staff are a matter for the Member as the employer, who likewise have been able to allow their staff to work on the estate once legal restrictions were lifted where there was a health need.
The health and wellbeing of all on the estate remains the highest priority for the Commission. A range of services are offered by the House to support the wellbeing of Members and staff, including:
- Mental Health Guidance, including Mental Health: A Guide for Managers
- Wellness Action Plans
- In partnership with Mind – a number of additional resources recognising the impact of Coronavirus on individuals
- Employee Assistance Programme
- Occupational Health, Wellbeing & Medical Services
Through the use of these tools suitable arrangements for an individual can be put in place based on their specific circumstances.