Pathways to Work

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 20th July 2006.

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Photo of Terry Rooney Terry Rooney Labour, Bradford North

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.

Photo of Jim Murphy Jim Murphy Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions) (Work)

holding answer 12 July 2006

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.

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Posted on 21 Jul 2006 3:43 pm (Report this annotation)

there needs to be a solid bridge allowing the pathway back to work to be a beneficial and helpful one....firstly there needs to be help in building self confidence and self esteem so that we feel able to return to work....many people suffering problems have found themselves in this position due to bullying, abuse and stress etc from the very jobs they were we may need help in retraining in new fields so this situation does not arise again....