To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what action he is taking to respond to the findings of his Department's research into the "Pathways to Work" pilots relating to the impact of the policy on those who report having one health problem of mental illness.
The Department is committed to providing appropriate support for people with mental health conditions, which is why the Condition Management programme within Pathways has been developed. It is clear that Pathways is helping large numbers of people with a mental health condition to move from Welfare to Work. In our qualitative research both personal advisers and Condition Management practitioners have provided individual examples of progression for people with mental health conditions.
The Department will continue to monitor and assess the effectiveness of Pathways for those with a mental health condition. Evaluation findings will be fed into future developments for Pathways.