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Unemployed Disabled People

Volume 448: debated on Monday 3 July 2006

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many disabled people were registered as unemployed in (a) Ribble Valley and (b) Lancashire in each of the last five years. (81468)

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician, who has been asked to reply.

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 3 July 2006:

As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question about unemployment. (81468)

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) compiles statistics of unemployment for local areas from the annual local area Labour Force Survey (LFS) and Annual Population Survey (APS) following International Labour Organisation definitions.

The table, attached, shows estimates of the number of unemployed disabled persons of working age (males aged 16 to 64 and females aged 16 to 59) resident in Lancashire for the 12 months ending February 2001 to February 2004, from the annual local area LFS, and for the 12 months ending March 2005 from the APS. Sample sizes are insufficient to provide estimates for the Ribble Valley Parliamentary Constituency.

These estimates, as with any from sample surveys, are subject to a margin of uncertainty. Changes in the estimates from year to year should be treated with particular caution.

ONS also compiles statistics for local areas of people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance (ISA). However, the claimant count data are not available by disability.

Number of disabled1 persons unemployed resident in Lancashire.


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1 Defined by the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 and by whether a long-term disability is work-limiting. Notes: 1. Estimates are subject to sampling variability. 2. Changes in the estimates from year to year should be treated with particular caution. Source: Annual local area Labour Force Survey; Annual Population Survey