Employment: Disability

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 26th May 2022.

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Photo of Vicky Foxcroft Vicky Foxcroft Shadow Minister (Work and Pensions)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how her Department defines in employment in the context of the Disability Employment Goal.

Photo of Chloe Smith Chloe Smith Assistant Whip, The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

The goal to see a million more disabled people in employment is measured using Labour Force Survey (LFS) data released on a quarterly basis by the independent Office for National Statistics (ONS). The LFS is the key source for trend data on different measures of disability employment.

The number of disabled people in employment in the UK counts all people aged 16 to 64 who did one hour or more of paid work per week and those who had a job that they were temporarily away from (for example, because they were on holiday or off sick). This definition aligns with the international standard as set by the International Labour Organisation (ILO).

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