July 2019

The Greater Manchester Good Employment Charter Supporters’ Network, the first of its kind in the UK, has launched with more than 60 businesses signing up to the aims of the Charter.

County Councils have warned that the costs of special educational needs (SEND) services are threatening to break their budgets. The County Councils Network (CCN) says the 36 councils it represents have seen a rise of 46% in the number of young people with Education Health and Care Plans (EHCPs).

Torbay's Economic development company, TDA, intends to commission improved outcomes for Torbay residents, primarily those from Torbay’s most deprived areas, who are at the margins of the labour market, to become work ready in key local labour markets. These key sectors are: 

Mencap’s Big Learning Disability Survey closes at the end of July. They are asking questions on topics that people with a learning disability have said are important to them. This is the last chance for people with a learning disability to take part in Mencap’s national survey as it closes at the end of July. 

Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) and Greater Manchester Health  & Social Care  Partnership (GMHSCP) are working on a joint project to increase Specialist Employment Service provision (Supported Employment and Individual Placement and Support) for people with learning disabilities, people with severe mental illness and autistic adults specifically. It is proposed that this is done through the commissioning of a new GM service, part funded by European funding.

The Equalities and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has published its new strategic plan for 2019-2022 and a business plan for the current year.