June 2015

A study by the Public Interest Research Unit indicates that in the last four years there has been a deterioration in the workplace experiences and long-term job prospects of disabled workers. The study collected information from 137 disabled workers and 141 organisations; and was produced for Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC). The study covers the private, public and voluntary sectors. Principal findings include: • Employer attitudes towards disabled workers have deteriorated in the last four years.

As part of the consultation on the new employability programmes that the Scottish Government is conducting, beginning in July, it has been suggested that SUSE and BASE members meet together to formulate a response relating to the future of supported employment and supported businesses.

If you are interested in joining the debate, please hold Wednesday 12 August 2015 in your diary. The meeting will take place in Glasgow at Yoker Community Campus and further details including agenda, directions etc will be sent out in mid-July.

A new mobile app has been launched by a council in Gloucestershire to help people with disabilities into employment. Gloucestershire County Council’s Forwards employment team has joined up with the Department for Work and Pensions and Prospect Training Services to develop the app to provide support on the move for people with disabilities.

It has a range of functions including the locations of Forwards work clubs, tips to help with applying for jobs, where to look for jobs and help with interviews.

Think Local Act Personal (TLAP has published resources to support the commissioning of more personalised services.

People Not Process - Co-production in Commissioning.

A new online resource from Think Local Act Personal which explains all the things that councils should think about to make sure they are working in the way the new Act says they should.

Commissioning for Market Diversity.

DWP has published Work Programme statistics for the period to March 2015. They continue to show disappointing outcomes for people on Employment & Support Allowance though there are some improvements shown for those jobseekers entering the programme after January 2014. https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/work-programme-statistical-summ...

Shaw Trust are looking for Expressions of Interest from organisations who can deliver Big Lottery Fund - Tackling Multiple Needs to Improving Employability in the Tees Valley and south west England. Their website contains a brief outline of the project; the intention of Shaw Trust is to assess the level of interest from potential supply chain partners and follow that up with an indicative offer on flows and pricing thereafter where appropriate.

The deadline for submission of Expressions of Interest is Tuesday 30 June 2015.

BBC have commissioned Employ Me (working title), a three-part series from Optomen, that will examine the life-changing stories of unemployed people in the UK struggling to find jobs because of a neurological condition.

DWP has published research that evaluates the effectiveness of three Fit for Work Service pilots in their second and third years. Fit for Work is a national independent health and work advice and referral service, introduced at the end of 2014. The research looks at provision in Greater Manchester, North Staffordshire and Leicester and provides information on: * client satisfaction * self-assessed health improvements * pilot costs * preliminary estimates of the pilots’ impact on returns to work * operational lessons from across the pilots

NHS England Chief Executive Simon Stevens has thrown down a challenge to the health service to open up suitable job opportunities to people with learning disabilities.

NHS Employers and NHS England are launching a new national network providing advice, ideas and impetus to all NHS organisations – from local hospital trusts to national bodies – to remove barriers and take steps to accelerate employment of people with learning disabilities in the NHS.

BASE members were successful at the 2015 ERSA Employability Awards. The winners were announced on 16 June at a special ceremony in London hosted by Baroness Stedman-Scott, with guest speaker, the Rt Hon Priti Patel MP, Minister for Employment.

Winners included Richmond Fellowship (Supply Chain Partner of the Year) and Papworth Trust (Disability Employment Award).

BASE members, Elite SEA (pictured), were highly commended in the Supply Chain Partner category. The recognition follows the EASPD award recently received by Elite.