July 2010

Iain Duncan Smith, the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, has set out his plans to completely change the benefits system in the paper 21st Century Welfare.

RADAR has published a new report into sustainable employment for disabled people.

The Local Government Improvement and Development Agency (I&DeA) has produced guidance on Mental Health and Worklessness.

DWP has launched an online discussion forum, “The Work Programme – Your Thoughts”.

Ofsted has published a report presenting some of the common factors that have led to high performance in the work of 12 providers of work-based learning.

Social Firms UK has produced a guide to claiming permitted work.

DWP has published a question and answer log about the new Work Programme.

DWP has published the final version of the Merlin Standard.

BASE has launched its inaugural Practitioner of the Year Awards. The awards will recognise the commitment, innoivation and achievement of outstanding individuals within the sector. Awards are to be offered to individuals who have supported customers with learning disabilities, mental health needs and sensory impairments. There is also an award for support to employers and an overall Practitioner of the Year award.

The awards are being sponsored by BASE, the Valuing People Now team, Dering Employment and the Centre for Mental Health.

Third sector organisations must be able to demonstrate their social value in the face of pending cuts, argues a report released by Demos.