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Employment: Menopause

Question for Department for Work and Pensions

UIN 120788, tabled on 8 February 2022

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that women going through the menopause in (a) Coventry North East constituency, (b) Coventry, (c) the West Midlands and (d) England are supported in their workplaces.

Answered on

21 February 2022

Too many women feel forced either to leave work, reduce their hours, or take a step back in their careers, because of the menopause. That is why I asked the 50+ roundtable of employer organisations to look at menopause and employment, emphasising the importance of the provision of support by employers. An independent report is now published which Government will respond to.

The Women’s Health Strategy will have menopause as a priority, and the UK wide Menopause task force will take a holistic approach to menopause care from healthcare to workplace support and education, enabling national coverage which will provide benefits at a local level.

Our 37 district 50PLUS Champions provide a local response, reinforcing Jobcentre Plus’s commitment to supporting over 50s claimants find and stay in work by sharing the benefits of employing over 50s to employers. Our champions utilise their knowledge and local links to support Work Coaches and employers to understand the characteristics of our customers and the issues that may affect them such as the impact of the menopause, helping them retain women’s skills and expertise.

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