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Employment: Disabled

Volume 475: debated on Friday 9 May 2008

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what his most recent estimate is of the number of people with a registered disability in employment. (200600)

[holding answer 23 April 2008]: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the authority to reply.

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 9 May 2008:

As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question about the most recent estimate of the number of people with a registered disability in employment. [200600]

The Disabled Persons Register used to be maintained by the government under the now defunct Disabled Persons (Employment) Act 1944. The Disability Discrimination Act 1995 came into force in 1996 and ended the facility for disabled people to be registered as such.

Statistics on workers with health problems or disabilities are available from the Labour Force Survey (LFS). For the reason mentioned above, people who are “registered disabled” cannot be identified but a similar measure is available, as follows. For the three months ending December 2007 there were an estimated 3.5 million people of working age in employment in the UK with a long-term health problem or disability which either substantially limited their day-to-day activities or affected the kind or amount of work they could do, or both.

Working age refers to men aged 16 to 64 and women aged 16 to 59.

It should be noted that the estimate provided is weighted to population estimates consistent with those published in 2003. Reweighted analyses using the latest population estimates, published in summer 2007, will available from 14 May 2008.

As with any sample survey, estimates from the LFS are subject to a margin of uncertainty.