February 2017

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) have launched an expression of interest exercise for local authorities to jointly deliver a Local Supported Employment proof of concept.  Expressions of interest should be submitted by 27 March 2017.  

The Learning and Work Institute are running two workshops in March 2017 to bring together those delivering support for people with LDD, those delivering apprenticeships and supported internships, and policy-makers. They want to share best practice and practical solutions and focus on how the sector as a whole can further support implementation and ensure everyone fully benefits from the Maynard recommendations. 

The London Borough of Barnet has placed the following notice at http://ted.europa.eu/udl?uri=TED:NOTICE:51893-2017:TEXT:EN:HTML&src=0

They are initially seeking to complie a list of approved providers before going to tender. The tender may be split into more than one lot and seeks providers to deliver employment retention support as well as recruitment services across a range of disability customer groups.

BASE has submitted a written response with a number of recommendations to the Improving Lives green paper. Our response was formulated following discussions with members.

The full document runs to 19 pages but we have summarised our main recommendations below:

The Work and Pensions Committee has published its report about the Disability Employment Gap. The report recommends a greater focus on retention, better use of specialists, and again calls for a senior disability work coach role to be reintroduced. It suggests that employers who recruit people with disabilities could receive National Insurance incentives.

London and Greater Manchester have both announced market engagement events for providers prior to procurement of the Work and Health Programme. It has been confirmed that Greater Manchester will contain a single contract package area. London will have four contract package areas. Providers who are interested in bidding do not have to be listed on the Umbrella Agreement for Employment and Health Related Services (UAEHRS).

The City of Wolverhampton Council is looking to procure an Individual Placement Support (IPS) good or outstanding fidelity rated provider to deliver a 12 month IPS programme in Wolverhampton. The programme will receive its funding of £60,000 from the DWP, ESF and YEI and the Council. The aim of the programme is to develop evidence of the effectiveness of the IPS model in delivering employment outcomes to people with mental health needs.

The deadline to submit applications to the Employment for All awards 2017 has been extended until 6th February. The Employment for All Award, hosted by EASPD and EUSE, is given to Social Services/ Support Providers and Businesses or Employers who have designed and implemented effective systems for employment of people with disabilities.