August 2010

The 26 August issue of Community Care contains an article on the future of supported employment services.

The National Autistic Society has teamed up with the Consumer Financial Education Body (CFEB) as part of the national strategy for financial capability to support people with autism in managing their personal finances.

DWP has published its "Specification of the Commercial Requirement" for its framework for the provision of employment related support services.

DWP has published guidance for Work Choice providers in advance of the programme start on 25 October.

The Government has published provisional data for the 2009-10 social care and mental health indicators.

Kent County Council has published an interim report from an independent study of the cost:benefit effectiveness of its supported employment service.

Carley Consult is reporting that DWP has written to providers who have expressed an interest in the Framework Agreement.

This collection of short essays draws on international experiences and approaches of personalisation.

The Department of Work and Pensions has announced that external inspection of contracted employment programmes will end.

The Social Security Advisory Committee (SSAC) has been asked by the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions to consider proposals for the Housing Benefit (Amendment) Regulations 2010, and the associated amendments to the Rent Officers (Housing Benefit Functions Order) 2010.