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Disabled Staff

Volume 455: debated on Wednesday 10 January 2007

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much has been spent from his Department's central administration budget on (a) reasonable adjustments for disabled staff and (b) the recruitment and retention of disabled staff in each of the last four years. (109866)

[holding answer 18 December 2006]: The Treasury has had a central reasonable adjustments budget since mid 2004.

The following has been spent on reasonable adjustments:

£

2004/05

21,000.00

2005/06

36,538.00

The central reasonable adjustments budget has been an important initiative in the retention of disabled staff. Before 2004 the cost of reasonable adjustments were met by the budget team in which the employee worked. The costs to individual teams are not available separately.

The costs of the recruitment of disabled staff and reasonable adjustments to, and during, the recruitment process are included in the overall recruitment budget. All recruitment is in line with the civil service recruitment code and candidates who declare a disability and meet the minimum criteria of the post are guaranteed an interview. Reasonable adjustment will be made for candidates with disabilities who request adjustments.