October 2009

This research examined the delivery of suitable settled accommodation and paid employment for offenders on probation.

The Department of Health is consulting on the rules for making direct payments as well as proposals for setting up and evaluating direct payment pilots. The consultation will run until 8 January 2010.

Local authorities are reporting few job opportunities for disabled people.

Andy Burnham, Secretary of State for Health and Yvette Cooper, Secretary of State for Department of Work and Pensions, have announced the first Fit for Work pilot sites.

The National Autistic Society has launched a new campaign aimed at getting a fair deal for people with autism. Only 15% of people with autism are employed. The campaign seeks improvements to how Employment and Support Allowance works, training for Jobcentre Plus staff and a national strategy to transform access to employment. More...

52 new IAPT sites will help people with depression and anxiety disorders access NICE approved treatments including cognitive behavioural therapies, counselling and guided self-help.

This week sees the rollout of the the first phase of Flexible New Deal, the new programme for jobseekers who have been unemployed for 12 months. Phase 1 covers about half of the country and will be delivered by private and voluntary providers. The scheme has been beset by difficulties over customer flow predictions and contract sizes have recently been reduced by as much as 35% on average.

This new £2m scheme is aimed at supporting innovative projects leading to significant improvements in Further Education or Work based Learning practice or performance.

The Commission's Disability Committee has published its strategic priorities, setting out how it will use its powers and responsibilities to tackle some of the major issues faced by disabled people.

DWP is organising three events across the United Kingdom for existing WORKSTEP providers. The events will focus on the transition to the new Work Choice programme. The events are scheduled for Edinburgh (Macdonald Roxburghe Hotel - 12 November 2009), Leeds (Q Hotels Queens - 19 November 2009) and Cardiff (Parc Hotel by Thistle - 24 November 2009).