It is concerning that just 15% of MPs have taken up parliament’s bullying and harassment training

27 November 2019

Parliament’s new Independent Complaints and Grievance Scheme has released it’s first annual report.

The report looked at usage and performance statistics and highlighted, amongst other things, that just 15% of MPs have undertaken the recommended training on bullying and harassment.

Garry Graham, Prospect deputy general secretary, said:

“This level of self-scrutiny by the Independent Complaints and Grievance Scheme is welcome and provides an important framework around which we can build a system that works and is trusted by all.

“One particular area of concern for Prospect is that up to the end of September 2019 only 15% of MPs and 2% of representatives in the Lords had completed the training on offer. If the representatives of both Houses want staff to have confidence in the system they must avail themselves of the training being offered.

“Every MP returned on December 12th and every working peer should register and participate in the training offered, thus demonstrating to staff both that they understand the standards of behaviour expected, and are committed to changing the culture within the Palace of Westminster.

“Training should be mandatory. If members of either house do not comply then personal expenses should be withheld by IPSA.

“Members are encouraged to continue to make use of the helpline if required and can receive additional help from their union rep.”

Note to editors

Read the Complaints and Grievance Scheme’s annual report