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Departmental Disabled Staff

Volume 482: debated on Tuesday 11 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many and what proportion of (a) his Department’s and (b) its agencies’ staff were registered disabled in each of the last 10 years; and if he will make a statement; (230564)

(2) how many and what proportion of (a) his Department’s and (b) its agencies’ staff are registered disabled; and if he will make a statement.

The information is contained in the following table.

The table sets out information about the numbers of staff who have declared themselves to be disabled. While the Department encourages staff to make a declaration, declaration is voluntary.

We are aware that not all disabled staff do declare that they consider themselves to be disabled, and the true figure may be higher than the figures shown. For example, the 2008 DWP Staff Survey (which is completed anonymously), showed that 13.6 per cent. of respondents considered themselves to have a long standing health condition or disability. According to the latest figures provided, we currently have 5.7 per cent. of our work force declared disabled.

The Department for Work and Pensions was created in July 2001, and figures prior to 2002 are unobtainable. Figures from 2002 to 2005 are based on the proportion of disabled staff as a proportion of all staff in the Department, including those who had not made a declaration about their disability. However, following new guidance from the Cabinet Office, the figures from 2006 to the present date exclude all staff who have not declared their disability status.

Department/agency

Disabled staff

Percentage disabled

2008

DWP total

6,075

5.7

Job Centre Plus

4,598

6.7

The Pension Service

384

3.7

Disability and Carers Service

356

6.1

Child Support Agency

342

3.4

2007

DWP total

6,209

5.5

Job Centre Plus

4,636

6.4

The Pension Service

388

3.4

Disability and Carers Service

385

5.9

Child Support Agency

388

3.4

2006

DWP total

6,231

5.2

Job Centre Plus

4,726

6.4

The Pension Service

343

3.7

Disability and Carers Service

390

5.5

Child Support Agency

343

2.7

2005

DWP total

6,703

5.2

Jobcentre Plus

5,073

6.3

The Pension service

495

2.9

Disability and Carers Service

392

5.5

Child Support Agency

309

2.8

Appeals Service

42

5.4

2004

DWP total

7,066

5.1

Job Centre Plus

5,389

6.3

The Pension Service

538

2.7

Disability and Carers Service

396

5.1

Child Support Agency

305

2.5

Appeals Service

44

5.1

2003

DWP total

6,999

5.0

Jobcentre Plus

5,433

6.4

The Pension Service

502

2.7

Disability and Carers Service

307

3.9

Child Support Agency

304

2.4

Appeals Service

49

5.2

2002

DWP total

7,273

5.4