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Employment: Mentally Ill

Volume 498: debated on Monday 2 November 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for West Worcestershire (Sir Micheal Spicer), Official Report, column 834W, on the Ethnic Employment Taskforce, whether her Department has commissioned any research in order to measure progress towards eliminating discrimination in employment against people who suffer or have suffered from mental ill-health; and if she will make a statement. (292026)

In July 2009, The Office for Disability Issues commissioned the Institute for Employment Studies to undertake research examining organisations’ responses to the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 and the impact of the amendments made to the Act in 2005. This research is investigating how easy employers feel it is to employ people with a range of mental health conditions. The research is due to be completed by March 2010 and we will be comparing the findings with similar research undertaken in 2006 and 2003 to explore changes over time.