Disabled Persons (Employment) Act 1958

JurisdictionUK Non-devolved
Citation1958 c. 33


Disabled Persons (Employment) Act, 1958

(6 & 7 Eliz. 2) CHAPTER 33

An Act to amend the law relating to disabled persons as regards the minimum age for attendance at certain courses under the Disabled Persons (Employment) Act, 1944, as regards registration under that Act and as regards the provision by local authorities of employment or other work under special conditions.

Be it enacted by the Queen's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:—

S-1 Minimum age for attendance at courses.

1 Minimum age for attendance at courses.

1. In sections two and three of the principal Act (which relate to the provision of vocational training courses and industrial rehabilitation courses for disabled persons, not being under the age of sixteen years) for the words ‘not being under the age of sixteen years’ there shall in each case be substituted the words ‘being over compulsory school age for the purposes of the Education Act, 1944, or, in Scotland, over school age for the purposes of the Education (Scotland) Act, 1946’.

S-2 Amendments as to registration.

2 Amendments as to registration.

(1) In subsection (2) of section seven of the principal Act (under which, among other things, a person's name is not to be entered in the register of disabled persons unless his disablement appears likely to continue for six months or more or he is a 1914-18 disablement pensioner) for any reference to six months there shall be substituted a reference to twelve months.

(2) Notwithstanding anything in section eight of the principal Act, a person registered as handicapped by disablement shall be entitled to have his name removed from the register on making a written application to the Minister of Labour and National Service for it to be removed.

S-3 Provision of sheltered employment by local authorities.

3 Provision of sheltered employment by local authorities.

(1) A local authority shall have power under this section to make arrangements for the provision of facilities for any of the purposes mentioned in subsection (1) of section fifteen of the principal Act (which relates to the provision for registered persons who are seriously disabled of employment, or work on their own account, under special conditions, and of training for such employment or work); and in relation to persons ordinarily resident in the area of a local authority, the authority shall, to such extent as the Minister of Labour and National Service may direct, be under a duty to exercise their powers under this subsection.

(2) The powers and duties of a local authority under subsection (1) of this section shall be in lieu of any power or duty of the authority to make arrangements for the same purposes under section twenty-nine of the National Assistance Act, 1948, or under section twenty-eight of the National Health Service Act, 1946, or section twenty-seven of the National Health Service (Scotland) Act, 1947.

(3) The arrangements made by a local authority under this section shall be carried into effect in accordance with a scheme made thereunder; and subject to the provisions of any such scheme local authorities shall exercise their functions under this section (including any discretion conferred on them thereunder) under the general guidance of the Minister of Labour and National Service.

(4) The Schedule to this Act shall have effect for the purpose of applying or adapting the enactments there mentioned for the purpose of this section, and for making other provisions supplementary to this section; and the foregoing subsections shall have effect subject to the provision made by that Schedule.

(5) For the purpose of this section ‘local authority’ means as respects England or Wales, the council of a county or of a county borough and, as respects Scotland, the council of a county or of a large burgh within the meaning of the Local Government (Scotland) Act, 1947; and any small burgh within the meaning of that Act shall be deemed to be included in the county in which it is situated.

(6) This section shall come into force on the first day of January, nineteen hundred and fifty-nine.

S-4 Short title, citation, construction and extent.

4 Short title, citation, construction and extent.

(1) This Act may be cited as the...

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