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Access to Work Programme

Volume 477: debated on Thursday 19 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people received assistance from the Access to Work scheme in each of the last five years; and what proportion of those people had been diagnosed with a mental illness. (211364)

[holding answer 16 June 2008]: The available information is in the following table.

People who received assistance from Access to Work

Received assistance

Mental health condition (Percentage)

2003-04

24,000

<1

2004-05

26,000

<1

2005-06

25,000

<1

2006-07

24,000

1

2007-08 (provisional)

28,000

1

Notes:

1. All numbers are rounded to the nearest thousand; all percentages are rounded to the nearest percentage point.

2. A new, more relevant definition of participation has been established for reporting from 2007-08 onwards; data are not yet available to give a final figure for the year 2007-08. This figure is not directly comparable with figures for previous years.

3. The mental health category is based on the condition recorded on the Access to Work computer system. No records are kept on whether participants have been diagnosed with the condition. Only the primary condition of a participant is recorded, and as such, these figures are likely to underestimate the proportion of those with a mental health condition. These percentages exclude dyslexia.

4. Many people who receive assistance from Access to Work in a particular year continue to benefit from this support in further years.

Source:

The Access to Work Evaluation Database.