Wales Office: Working Conditions

Written question to the Office of the Secretary of State for Wales from Vale of Clwyd MP Chris Ruane.

Question: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what steps his Department is taking to improve the (a) physical and (b) mental wellbeing of staff employed in his Department. (Chris Ruane)

Answer: The physical and mental wellbeing of our staff is crucially important to the Department. Whilst the Wales Office is not an employer in its own right, staff have access to all Ministry of Justice employee services that help to sustain physical and mental wellbeing, including Occupational Health and a 24 hour employee assistance helpline. In line with best practice, the Wales Office has a designated Mental Health Champion.

We have also worked with other parts of the UK Governance Group to offer bespoke events. This year, we have delivered two week-long programmes open to all staff focused on enhancing wellbeing in the workplace.  (Guto Bebb, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Wales, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury)


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