The latest statistical information we have for England is for 2014-15. Employment rates have been dropping year on year for adults with a learning disability [Indicator 1E] and for people in contact with secondary mental health services [Indicator 1F].
In 2014-15, 6% of adults with learning disabilities aged 18-64 and known to Councils with Adult Social Services Responsibilities (CASSRs) were in paid employment [Indicator 1E]. The gender breakdown is male 6.4%, female 5.3%. Rates varied from 3.2% in the East Midlands to 7.7% in London but have been on a downward trend for a few years. The definition for Indicator 1E was changed in 2014-15 and now only includes those adults with learning disabilities included in the SALT returns as receiving long-term support because of their learning disability.
The equivalent overall figure for previous years is:
2013-14: 6.8% (Male: 7.5%, Female: 5.8%)
2012-13: 7.0% (Male: 7.8% Female:6%)
2011-12: 7.1% (Male: 7.9% Female: 6.1%)
In 2014-15, 6.8% of adults aged 18-69 in contact with secondary mental health services were known to be in paid employment at the time of their assessment or latest review [Indicator 1F]. The gender breakdown is male 5.6%, female 8.3%. Rates varied from 4.7% in the East Midlands to 9.5% in the West Midlands. Again, the trend is downward.
This compares to previous years' figures:
2013-14: 7.0% (Male: 5.8%, Female: 8.5%)
2012-13: 7.7% (Male: 6.5% Female: 8.9%)
2011-12: 8.9% (Male: 7.8% Female: 10.0%)
Over 65% of people with learning disabilities or severe mental health conditions want to work.
2010-11 was the last year of the NIS indicators and the Social Care and Mental Health indicators were replaced by the Adult Social Care Outcomes Framework for 2011-12 onwards. NI146 and NI150 appear in the new framework as Indicators 1E and 1F, although there are some changes to the definitions.