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Disabled Persons

Volume 888: debated on Tuesday 18 March 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he will give details of the financial support available to help disabled people to obtain and hold employment.

It is estimated that in the current financial year about £29,830,000, excluding capital expenditure, will be spent for this purpose. I understand that the Manpower Services Commission estimates that £9,553,000 will have been spent on its employment, rehabilitation and training services: £4,209,000 on rehabilitation and training allowances; and £68,000 on miscellaneous grants. My Department estimates that it will spend £215,000 on hostel accommodation, and that it and the local authorities will jointly spend £15,785,000 on sheltered employment.