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Unemployed Disabled People

Volume 457: debated on Wednesday 7 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people who are (a) blind or partially sighted and (b) deaf and are in a Pathways to Work pilot programme (i) have received and (ii) are receiving (A) job search and (B) rehabilitation support; and if he will make a statement. (106327)

Of the 170 individuals whose disability condition is recorded as ‘blindness and low vision’ and who have entered Pathways to Work, 90 have received or are receiving job search support.

Of the 160 Individuals whose disability condition is recorded as ‘other hearing loss’ and who have entered Pathways to Work, 80 have received or are receiving job search support.

The numbers given for individuals receiving job search support are those who have attended a Work Focused Interview and/or participating in the New Deal for Disabled People. As end dates for individuals on Pathways to Work or on New Deal for Disabled People are not recorded, it is not possible to make a distinction between those who have received and those who are receiving any of these support.

No data are collected on those who have received or are receiving rehabilitation support.


1. The data on medical conditions for Pathways to Work participants are incomplete. The reason for this is that they are drawn from incapacity benefit data that appear in the National Benefits Database (NBD). This impacts on the completeness of Pathways medical condition data in two ways. Firstly, NBD lags behind other Pathways Evaluation Database sources by some three to four months. Secondly, the NBD incapacity benefit data are based on a six weekly snapshot, which means that some short-term claims of less than six weeks never appear. For this reason it is important that the above response should only be taken as an indication of Pathways activity for people with specified disabilities. The NBD only records the individual’s primary medical condition.

2. Numbers for individuals receiving rehabilitation support could only be calculated as the number of individuals referred to the Condition Management Programme (CMP) but no data are collected on when an individual starts or ends CMP.

3. Some individuals may not have been n Pathways long enough to attend a Work Focused Interview (WFI) or may have left Pathways before the initial WFI was due or may have had their initial WFI deferred or waived.

4. The category of ‘other hearing loss’ is a sub-category of the International Classification of Disease, 10th Revision, condition ‘Diseases of the Ear and Mastoid Process’. The majority of people who are deaf would come under this category.


Pathways to Work Evaluation Database.

Data are to the end of June 2006.

Figures are rounded to the nearest 10.