Closed petition Require employers with more than 250 employees to introduce a Menopause Policy

According to the Government Report on Menopause, ‘menopausal women are the fastest growing workforce demographic’. The average age for a woman to go through menopause is 51. The average age of female suicide is between 45 & 49.
Nearly 8 out of 10 of menopausal women are in work.

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Many line managers say that they don’t feel confident talking about menopause. They don’t know enough about it or how they can help. A Government-commissioned report on menopause highlights the need for employers to put in place training, processes and information so all colleagues have a clear understanding of menopause. Whether it’s a policy or guidance document – it’s best if it’s written down and well publicised. A written Menopause policy for all large employers would be a significant step.

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Share your views on support for people experiencing menopausal symptoms

On Wednesday 9 June, Carolyn Harris MP is leading a debate on support for people experiencing menopausal symptoms.

To inform her debate, she wants to understand your insights and experiences of this issue.

She may quote your story directly during her debate.

Find out more and share your experiences here: https://houseofcommons.shorthandstories.com/support-for-people-experiencing-menopausal-symptoms/index.html

You’ll be able to watch the debate from 4.50pm on Wednesday 9 June on this page. The debate transcript and other relevant material will be accessible shortly after the debate.

The deadline for contributions is midday on Tuesday 8 June.

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Debates in Westminster Hall take place on ‘general debate' motions expressed in neutral terms. These motions are worded ‘That this House has considered [a specific matter]'.

MPs launch an inquiry into menopause and the workplace

On 23 July, MPs on the House of Commons Women and Equalities Committee launched an inquiry into menopause and the workplace. The inquiry will consider existing laws and workplace practices, and investigate whether enough is being done to address the impact the menopause can have on working women.

Find out more about the inquiry: https://committees.parliament.uk/work/1416/menopause-and-the-workplace/

What is the Women and Equalities Committee?

The Women and Equalities Committee (WEC) examines the work of the Government Equalities Office (GEO). It holds Government to account on equality law and policy, including the Equality Act 2010 and cross Government activity on equalities. It also scrutinises the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

Find out more about the WEC: https://committees.parliament.uk/committee/328/women-and-equalities-committee/
Follow the Committee on Twitter for real-time updates on its work: https://twitter.com/Commonswomequ

Share your views on menopause and the workplace with MPs

MPs on the Women and Equalities Committee are investigating the way women and people who experience menopause are supported in the workplace. This inquiry will examine the extent of discrimination faced by menopausal people in the workplace, and investigate how Government policy and workplace practices can better support those experiencing menopause.

To inform their understanding of these issues, the Committee would like to hear about people’s experiences at work and beyond.

Share your experiences by completing this short survey (by 30 September): https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=nt3mHDeziEC-Xo277ASzSugWXtlS9G1OpuyhNtc2h8lUNkpKMUhIOFFINURIQlZMTko5ME5XU1VTTSQlQCN0PWcu&wdLOR=c132E7441-C178-47BE-B863-D79F4828FB36

Find out more about the ‘Menopause and the workplace’ inquiry: https://committees.parliament.uk/work/1416/menopause-and-the-workplace/

What is the Women and Equalities Committee?

The Women and Equalities Committee is a cross-party group of MPs who hold the Government to account on equality law and policy, including the Equality Act 2010 and cross Government activity on equalities. It also scrutinises the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

Find out more about the Women and Equalities Committee: https://committees.parliament.uk/committee/328/women-and-equalities-committee/
Follow the Committee on Twitter for real-time updates on its work: https://twitter.com/commonswomequ

Government announces cut in costs of repeatable HRT prescriptions

On Friday 29 October, MPs debated a Private Member's Bill on access to services and support for women experiencing the menopause. This Bill was introduced by Carolyn Harris MP.

In the debate, the Government announced it would introduce changes to cut the cost of repeatable Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) prescriptions and improve access to HRT.

Watch the debate here:
https://parliamentlive.tv/event/index/fe4e3663-0911-4eb0-9469-ba7118b7ddb3?in=09:34:50

Read the transcript of the debate here:
https://hansard.parliament.uk/Commons/2021-10-29/debates/29F63A4A-BD9F-4A23-A64F-6701E2158A9F/Menopause(SupportAndServices)Bill

During the debate, the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State Maria Caulfield MP announced that the Government would work with the NHS in England to implement longer prescribing cycles for HRT. This would mean that women would have to pay for repeat prescriptions less often, with prescribers able to issue a batch of prescriptions for up to 12 months where clinically appropriate.

The Government also committed to establish a new cross-government Menopause Taskforce to consider issues such as education and workplace policies.

Read more about the actions the Government is taking:
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/more-support-for-women-experiencing-the-menopause

What's a Private Member's Bill?

Private Members' Bills are public bills introduced by MPs and Lords who are not government ministers. As with other public bills their purpose is to change the law. Only a minority of Private Members' bills become law but, by creating publicity around an issue, they may affect legislation indirectly.

Find out about how Private Member's bills work: https://www.parliament.uk/about/how/laws/bills/private-members/

Further information

Find out how to get involved in the work of the UK Parliament: https://www.parliament.uk/get-involved/

How petitioners have informed Parliament’s work on the menopause

We wanted to share a story of how petitioners, including many who signed this petition, have influenced and informed debates about the menopause in Parliament. This short, immersive story spotlights several women who signed petitions about the menopause, made their voices heard in parliamentary debates, and details some recent commitments made by the Government on this issue.

Read ‘The menopause: from petitions and parliamentary debates to Government action’: https://ukparliament.shorthandstories.com/the-menopause/index.html

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