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Jobseeker Assistance

Volume 448: debated on Wednesday 28 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what arrangements are made by his Department (a) to assess and (b) to report the incidence of learning disabilities among jobseekers. (76318)

The Labour Market System (LMS) is the computer system used in Jobcentre Plus, part of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), that holds details of customer personal information, employer vacancies and opportunities provided by suppliers of training and work-based learning activities.

There is a marker on LMS for ‘people with a disability’. However that is only used when the customer themselves identify that they have a disability which would be a barrier to work. Not everyone with a disability will identify themselves in this way so any data will only include a proportion of those who have a disability. The marker covers all disabilities but it does not break the figure down by type.

No other specific arrangements have been made to assess or report the incidence of learning disabilities among jobseekers.