HC Deb 06 November 2000 vol 356 c95W
Mr. Coaker

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what consultations he has held on the working practices and conditions of Benefits Agency staff; and if he will make a statement. [135527]

Angela Eagle

Benefits Agency (BA) management recognises and values the importance of obtaining the views of staff and their elected representatives.

BA has a formal Partnership Agreement with the Public and Commercial Services Union, the union who represent the majority of staff working for BA. The principles enshrined in this document are, for example allowing the unions the widest possible scope for influencing decisions prior to resolution, followed in consultation and negotiation when discussing any changes to staff's terms and conditions of employment.