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Departmental Staff

Volume 448: debated on Tuesday 11 July 2006

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many disabled staff in her Department received support through the Access to Work scheme (a) in each of the last five years and (b) in 2006-07. (82222)

The DCA has recently appointed a team of dedicated local disability advisers based in the regions who assist in ensuring that the required reasonable adjustments, including specialist equipment and support, for people with disabilities are provided. Those advisers provide support and advice to individuals in making applications to Access to Work.

It is not possible to confirm the precise number of individuals assisted under the Access To Work scheme over the last five years without incurring disproportionate costs, as there is no central record held within DCA.

With effect from 1 October 2006, Access to Work funding will no longer be available to employees of Central Government Departments, and DCA will be responsible for financing any required reasonable adjustments for its own employees.

The Office of Disability Issues (ODI) will be monitoring the situation to ensure that there is no detriment to current and future employees who are disabled.