Sharone Collins

Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

Subject
Freedom of Information request - Menopause in the workplace

With a declining birth rate and an ageing population, it makes good business sense to keep older women in the workforce.

Research suggests that some may experience challenges during menopause that impact on performance and wind up moving to part-time roles, resigning or being sacked. Not an effective use of a scarce resource.

This gendered ageism may result in gendered poverty in older age since women also live longer than men but are more likely to have breaks for caring responsibility which leads to lower status roles (cleaning, cooking, caring, cashiering and clerical) with low pay and progression.

Please confirm the systems in place to support claimants or job seekers suffering menopause-related mental health issues.

Please confirm your policy on supporting women transitioning through menopause in the workplace and the guidance you offer to businesses.

Since men following prostate cancer, women after breast cancer, women after a hysterectomy Trans people and women suffering from endometriosis also experience menopause symptoms, please confirm the systems in place to support them.

Finally, please share statistics available for rates of suicide amongst this cohort - including sanction suicides.

Yours faithfully,

Sharone Collins

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Dear Sharone Collins,

Thank you for your request for information which was received on 6th May.
Your request is being considered under the terms of the Freedom of
Information Act 2000.

You can normally expect a response to your FoI request within 20 working
days. However due to the current situation with COVID-19 it may not be
possible for us to reply to you within this timeframe.

The DWP will make every effort to respond to FOIs as we would usually but
the current situation may mean that available Departmental resources are
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Dear Sharone Collins,

I am writing in response to your request for information, received 6th
May.

Please accept my apologies for the delay in responding to your Freedom of
Information request. However due to the current situation with COVID-19 it
was not possible for me to reply to you within the timeframe of 20 working
days.

Yours sincerely,

DWP Central FoI Team