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Employment: Learning Disabilities

Volume 495: debated on Monday 29 June 2009

20. To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps she is taking to assist people with a learning disability to secure employment. (282367)

‘Valuing Employment Now: Real Jobs for People with Learning Disabilities’ was launched jointly by this Department and the Department for Health on 24 June 2009.

‘Valuing Employment Now’ is based on the Government’s belief that all people with learning disabilities, like all other people, can and should have the chance to work. To deny people that opportunity is a waste of talent for the individuals, employers, society, and the wider economy.

‘Valuing Employment Now’ therefore sets out the Government’s goal to increase radically the number of people with moderate and severe learning disabilities in employment by 2025.

This is a challenging goal, but one we are committed to.