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Employment Schemes: Disabled

Volume 464: debated on Monday 8 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people with disabilities were on employment programmes in 2007; and what the Department's targets for obtaining jobs for people with disabilities was. (156508)

The available information is in the following tables.

Specialist disability employment programmes 2006-07


Number of people

Access to Work

28,500 people

New Deal for Disabled People (NDDP)

60,940 customers registered with NDDP

Work Preparation

8,100 customers started on the programme


12,800 people

Residential Training Colleges

1,140 customer starts on the programme


10,020 disabled people supported on Workstep by Remploy

Mainstream employment programmes—participants with a disability indicator (at February 2007)


Number of participants

New Deal for Young People


New Deal 25+


New Deal for Lone Parents


New Deal 50+


New Deal for Partners


Employment Zones



Figures are rounded to the nearest 10.

The Department does not obtain jobs for people, but rather provides advice and support to help people engage with the labour market. Although there are no specific targets, the Department has a Public Service Agreement to significantly increase the employment rate of disabled people and reduce the difference between their employment rate and the overall rate in the three years to March 2008.