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Disability Allowance

Mr. Laurence Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will take steps to increase the amount of money that people with disabilities are allowed to earn before their benefits are affected; and if he will make a statement. [12950]

Mrs. McGuire: Benefits paid specifically for disability, disability living allowance and attendance allowance are not subject to earnings restrictions but are assessed on need for additional help with care and mobility.

Income related benefits, such as income support, housing benefit and council tax benefit all have a variety of disregards, dependant upon the claimant's circumstances, above which certain earnings are taken into account. There is a higher disregard for those receiving a disability premium. The number of hours a person can work while claiming these benefits is restricted.

People with disabilities may be entitled to the full range of social security benefits, depending on their individual circumstances; where they are, they will be subject to the earnings restrictions that apply to those benefits in the same way as all other claimants.

We have no plans to change these rules.

Disability and Careers Service

Philip Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will list the courses the Disability and Careers Service offers to employees based on (a) gender, (b) ethnic origin, (c) sexuality and (d) any combination of the above; how much each course costs to run; and if he will make a statement. [12494]

Mrs. McGuire: The administration of the Disability and Carers Service is a matter for the chief executive, Mr. Terry Moran. He will write to the hon. Member with the information requested.

Letter from Terry Moran to Philip Davies, dated 21 July 2005:

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Training eventApproximate costs in the year April 2004 to March 2005 (£)
Half Hour Closures521,541
AA New Claims23,094
Appeals inc. Modernisation41,837
Assertiveness and related courses65,570
Assessing and Developing Leadership Skills and related courses2,201
Assessment Centre Skills Workshop468
Auditing Staff Club Accounts0
Better Letters0
BSI Training0
Care First for ATOS Referrals0
Career Review—Recognising and Recording Achievement2,384
Complaints Investigator's Training0
Contributing to Teams0
Counselling Introduction4,447
Creative Problem Solving2,000
Creativity and Imaginative Solutions0
CSO PC support520
Customer Service Workshop34,085
Dealing with Abusive Customers10,089
Dealing With Vulnerable Groups—Deaf Awareness, Life Events, Visual Impairment7,793
Decision Maker Training869,845
Desk Training968,132
Developmental: Further Education11,500
Developmental: Job Shadow30,518
Developmental: NVQ/SVQ19,501
Developmental: Observing at Meetings2,422
Developmental: Presentations8,609
Developmental: Prince's Trust4,377
Developmental: Working Parties13,549
Disability Awareness Workshops7,173
Diversity Awareness video4,650
Diversity: Managing Diverse Teams6,693
Drafting and Briefing Skills7,939
Driver Training465
Effective Management741
Effective Writing3,674
EFQM Excellence Model Assessor Training0
DOI CSO Training108
DOI Training/Awareness550
Equal Opportunities at Work2,084
Equal Opportunities: A Manager's Role0
Equal Ops Refresher1,862
External Recruitment Skills Workshop1,374
Facilitating Groups3,276
FAMIS Courses0
Finance HEO/EO Workshop0
First Aid4,431
Generic People Skills Workshop32,630
Handling and Resolving Conflict11,952
Harassment Officer's Training3,075
Health and Safety37,857
Health and Safety—Risk Assessment (inc. DOI)12,432
Health and Safety—The Managers Role7,169
Helpline Training765,032
Human Rights Act Training551
IiP internal Assessor4,692
Industrial Relations0
Internal Vacancy Filling and Promotion Skills Workshop3,512
Interviewing the Public—including PVP2,268
IT Training/Skills198,608
Junior and Middle Management Induction12,760
Leadership for Results1,510
Leading an Effective team4,085
Learning at Work15,181
Learning Resource Centre5,125
Making Effective Presentations4,807
Managers as Mentors0
Managing/Implementing Change13,505
Managing the Development of Your Staff3,318
Mentoring Events819,606
Meeting Skills5,131
MP's Enquiries0
Non-technical training—miscellaneous81,564
New Tax Credits0
Overview Training10,487
Participating in Meetings0
Payment Modernisation Programme—ACT0
People Management Part 18,856
People Management Part 2—Dealing with Difficult People3,344
Performance Management Workshops8,804
Personal Account Security Enhanced for non interviewing staff0
Personal Appraisal for Job Holders5,509
Personal Development Planning10,162
Personal Effectiveness for Managers2,800
Planning and Managing Projects0
Preparing for Retirement and related courses13,938
Problem Solving and Decision Making1,907
Promotion Report Writing0
PV Procedures6,951
Running Staff Clubs1,407
Secure Print Operator343
Security Specialist Event9,647
Self Development for AAs29,457
Self Development for AOs47,529
Self Development for Middle Managers—360 degree Feedback203
Serving the Needs of the Community927
Specialist Trace Officer0
Specialist Training—Disability Awareness161,654
Specialist Training for Visiting Officers0
Speed Reading Courses3,656
Stress Management5,858
Stress Management for Managers25,855
Team Development982
Team Leadership for Call Centre Managers0
Team Leader Training41,830
Technical/Benefit Related Training: Appeals27,194
Technical/Benefit Related Training: MARS103,803
Technical/Benefit Related Training: Miscellaneous746,666
Technical Benefit Related Training: New Claims301,740
Telephone Techniques20,998
Time Management4,099
Training for Trainers Events12,081
Union Events520
Unit Costing—Agency Costing System (ACOS)1,184
Voice Care24,556
Widening Horizons2,210
Working in Teams0
Pre retirement course(10)111
E-learning/Open learning—Attendance Management4,637
E-learning/Open Learning—External Recruitment0
E-learning/Open Learning—Internal Vacancy Filling and Promotion1,599
E-learning/Open Learning—Performance and Development6,905
E-learning—Activity Based Information (ABI) for Managers404
E-learning—DOI Awareness317
E-learning—Introduction to Windows 2000482
E-learning—Risk Management26
E-learning—Junior Management450
E-learning—Middle Management0
E-learning—Using Outlook 980
E-learning—Better Letters601
E-learning—Here and Now!0
E-learning—Getting Started with the Intranet419
E-learning—Security Awareness1,356
E-learning—Using Outlook 2000 to e-mail719
E-learning—The Diversity Toolkit21,075

(10)Per attendee

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DCS Disability Specialists Group(11)There are no costs available for these courses
Understanding our customers
Customer awareness for telephony staff
Understanding learning disabilities
Understanding mental health problems
Understanding emotional and behavioural disorders in children
Understanding colleagues with complex needs
Visiting customers with disabilities
Customer awareness, communication and personal presentation
Understanding cognitive impairments—this course is currently under development

(11)Delivers customer focused impairment awareness training to DCS staff. This is modular training and is tailored to the needs of staff receiving it, and is therefore either in-depth or overarching in its content. DWP principles of Diversity and Equality underpin all of the training

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