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Strategy launched to help those with learning difficulties find work

24th June 2009

A strategy has been outlined by the Department of Health (DoH) to try and get more people who suffer from learning difficulties into work.

Care services minster Phil Hope noted a lot has been done to help those with physical impairments into employment, but little action has been taken to support those with mental conditions.

This is despite two-thirds of people who have such conditions wanting to work, he added.

A new strategy to help close the unemployment gap for adults with moderate to severe learning disabilities has now been published.

Under the scheme, 400 job opportunities will be offered to those with such problems and all government departments will be provided with guidance to help them target this demographic during recruitment drives.

Mr Hope commented: “The public sector has an important role to play to deliver the strategy, which is why it commits government departments and the NHS to increasing the number of jobs they offer to people with learning disabilities.”

Earlier this month, the DoH launched a new hotline called Carers Direct to help those who look after disable, ill or frail friends or relatives.

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