Work Programme

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 22nd January 2015.

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Photo of Grahame Morris Grahame Morris Labour, Easington

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the need for specialist support within the Work Programme for people with mental health problems in receipt of employment and support allowance; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Esther McVey Esther McVey Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)

Support for those with mental health issues is being actively addressed as part of the Department’s on-going commitment to ensuring best possible support for all claimants.

The Department set up an independently chaired group to share best practice amongst our providers and sub-contractors. The Building Best Practice Report published in December 2014, includes a focus on supporting the harder to help. We have already begun to implement many of the recommendations.

Details of the Building Best Practice Report and the Department’s response to it can be found through the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/work-programme-building-best-practice-report

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