Employment: Disability

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 10th July 2015.

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Photo of Kirsten Oswald Kirsten Oswald Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Armed Forces and Veterans)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the implications of his policies of the conclusions on the increasing employment penalty facing people with a disability as set out in the recent OECD report, Entrepreneurship and Self-employment by People with Disabilities by Professor John Kitching.

Photo of Justin Tomlinson Justin Tomlinson Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (Department for Work and Pensions) (Disabled People)

While we welcome the paper provided by OECD as an addition to the evidence base relating to disability employment, as the paper itself notes, disability is diverse, disabled people have diverse characteristics, and there are differing models or definitions of disability.

The Department’s officials and analysts make use of a wide evidence base when working to develop strategy and policy and Professor Kitching’s paper quotes from 2007 DWP research with which they are familiar.

DWP monitors disability employment on a quarterly basis using the Labour Force Survey (LFS), and uses LFS data to inform the development of new policy initiatives.

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