January 2017

DWP has released more details about Greater Manchester and London's devolved powers to procure and deliver the Work and Health Programme. The two cities will receive funds to develop, procure and deliver localised versions of the new Work and Health Programme to fit the needs of their residents. The Work and Health Programme is expected to start from late 2017 in England and Wales.

Following the publication of the Select Committee's 2nd Report into the Future of Jobcentre Plus the Government has responded to Committee's recommendations.


The Department for Education is seeking evidence on the experiences and outcomes of children and young people in residential special schools and colleges. Responses should be sent to Lenehan.Review@education.gov.uk by 17 March 2017.

The London Borough of Sutton People Directorate intend to commission a Supported Employment Service for vulnerable adults (hereafter referred to as ‘service users’) with a mental health need, a learning disability or a physical disability who want to work.

We now have confirmation of the successful bidders whio have qualified for DWP's Umbrella Agreement for Employment and Health Related Services (UAEHRS). Only those bidders who feature on the UAEHRS will be able to tender for the Work and Health Programme. The tender for this is expected to start later this month.

The Department for Education has announced details of the SEND implementation grant allocations for 2017-18. A total of £40m has been made available to local authorities compared to £35.8 for the current financial year.

Steve Hawkins, CEO of Pluss, has written a blog about employment support which we reproduce below.

The Prime MInister has announced a new partnership with employers to improve mental health support in the workplace. The initiative is part of a renewed emphasis on addressing the inequalities faced by people experiencing mental health problems.

EASPD and EUSE would like to promote better employment opportunities for persons with disabilities, and your help is needed. EASPD and EUSE invite you to share your best practice, model, method or tool by participating in the EASPD and EUSE Employment for All Awards.

Your best practice will:

Learning and Work Institute (L&W) are conducting research on behalf of the Department for Education to explore solutions to overcoming recruitment barriers for those with learning difficulties and disabilities (LDD) to entering apprenticeships. The research will support the Government in implementing the recommendations made by the Maynard taskforce, convened to explore access to apprenticeships for those with LDD. The research aims to: