September 2008

DWP have produced a web-based guide to Employment and Support Allowance which, from 27 October 2008, replaces Incapacity Benefit and Income Support paid on incapacity grounds for new customers. More...

This document summarises the key lessons learnt from LAA negotiations in 2008 obtained from stakeholders across central, regional and local government plus local partners over the summer. This paper aims to support the development of arrangements for the programme, with a particular focus on influencing the forthcoming annual review and refresh. More...

DWP has published a comprehensive overview of the most important social policy issues for the UK from 2008 to 2010. The document is effectively a national report on strategies for social protection and social inclusion as required by the European Union. It's a handy reference document with paragraph 129 referring to specialist disability programmes. The report confirms that a response to the ISDES consultation is to be published later this year.

The Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health is conducting a national survey into Job Retention services to build up a body of evidence in this field and to inform the work of Dame Carol Black in developing a national mental health and employment strategy. They would like to gather information on services which help people with mental health problems to remain in work or return to work after sickness absence.

This report presents findings from a study involving group discussions with customers who were claiming or had recently claimed Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA). The study consisted of ten focus groups with JSA customers who had either experienced support through Employment Zones, New Deals or had been claiming JSA between 12 and 18 months. The research explored customers’ views of the provision which they had accessed and was carried out to inform the development of the Jobseeker and Flexible New Deal reforms.

Registration for the 9th EUSE Conference to be held in Prague on 27-29 May 2009 has now been launched. If you are interested in attending and taking advantage of the Early Registration Fee, please visit and complete the online Registration Form available in Registration section. A Call for Papers has also been launched. To submit your Paper, please visit the website and go to the Call for Papers section.

The Government is undertaking an extensive period of engagement between May and November 2008 about the long-term future of England’s care and support system. As part of the engagement process, they want to involve stakeholders in discussions about how the system can meet the challenges of the future. Five events take place through October and early November. Materials have been developed to help organisations to lead discussions with colleagues and other people in their networks so that their opinions can inform the debate.