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Departments: Disabled

Volume 464: debated on Wednesday 10 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of people employed by (a) his Department and (b) its agencies are disabled. (153581)

The latest figures based on the position at 31 March 2007 are that 6,854 staff across the department have declared that they are disabled. As a proportion of staff who have declared a disability status of 115,525, this equates to 5.93 per cent. of staff. Individual agency figures are contained in the following table.

The figures are based on the proportion of staff who have voluntarily declared themselves as being disabled. However, we are aware that not all disabled staff declare their disability for departmental records, and the true figure may be higher than the figures shown. For example, the 2006 DWP Staff Survey (which is completed anonymously), showed that 13 per cent. of respondents considered themselves to have a long standing health condition or disability.

The roll out of a new computer system by the end of April has meant a more accurate assessment of the numbers of disabled people working within the Department. As we roll out we are asking each member of staff to check the personal information we hold about them and to declare whether they consider themselves to be disabled. A further joint communications exercise with departmental trade unions to highlight the importance of individuals providing this information is also planned.

Organisation

Total headcount

Total staff who have made a declaration

Actuals non disabled

Actuals disabled

Percentage disabled staff

Jobcentre Plus

75,906

71,606

66,893

4,713

6.58

The Pension Service

13,888

13,888

13,203

685

4.93

Disability and Carers Service

6,731

6,731

6,298

433

6.43

CSA

12,614

12,614

12,145

469

3.72

Corporate Centre

10,686

10,686

10,132

554

5.18

Total DWP

119,825

115,525

108,671

6,854

5.93