March 2015

Publisher: 
Other organisations
Topics: 
Welfare reform
Year of Publication: 
2015
Type: 
Report

This report is the third in a series that looks in depth at the challenges with disabled people’s living standards. It argues that with the right interventions, a million more disabled people could be in work, and sets out steps towards making this vision a reality.

http://www.scope.org.uk/publications/million-futures

Publisher: 
Policy & research organisations
Topics: 
Commissioning
Year of Publication: 
2015
Type: 
Best practice, Guidance

Through several policies and programmes, including the Department of Communities and Local Government's Our Place and Delivering Differently, The Public Service Transformation Network and the Commissioning Academy, the government is supporting local commissioners to design and implement commissioning models.

Publisher: 
Central Government
Topics: 
Autism, Commissioning, Local Government
Year of Publication: 
2015
Type: 
Guidance

The Government has responded to the consultation on guidance to support the adult autism strategy. The consultation received 118 direct responses and considered advice from: * consultation events and meetings with stakeholders * people with autism * amilies and carers * health and social care organisations The response summarises key themes that emerged and how we have responded to them in statutory guidance.

Publisher: 
Policy & research organisations
Topics: 
Welfare reform
Year of Publication: 
2015
Type: 
Report

This review, from Professor Dan Finn, examines the devolution of welfare-to-work policies in Britain, Canada, the USA, the Netherlands and Germany, and analyses proposals for further devolution in England. It finds that:: * Devolution of the Work Programme (WP) and other employment and skills services needs tailoring to local governance capacity and should be an explicit aim of City and Growth Deals. * More devolution of the working relationship between Jobcentres and local government is needed.

Publisher: 
Central Government
Topics: 
Education & training
Type: 
Guidance

The Department for Education has issued updated guidance to residential special schools as a result of Ofsted inspections against the standards, and revisions to the independent school standards. This advice is for special schools providing residential accommodation for any child.

Publisher: 
Central Government
Topics: 
Transition, Education & training
Year of Publication: 
2015
Type: 
Guidance

Guidance for education providers and local authorities on the SEND reforms from the Department of Health. This guidance was issued in March 2015 and will be reviewed in September 2015.

Guidance for parents, local authorities and partners is at

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/implementing-the-0-to-25-spec...

Publisher: 
Central Government
Topics: 
Commissioning, Individual Placement & Support (IPS)
Year of Publication: 
2015
Type: 
Report

This report evaluates a scheme that provided employment support based on the Individual Placement and Support (IPS) model, alongside the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme. The pilot was 1 of 4 commissioned by the Department of Health and the Department for Work and Pensions based on recommendations in the 2014 report Psychological Wellbeing and Work: Improving Service Provision and Outcomes. It was designed to test service design, methods of tracking findings and initial effects.

Publisher: 
Policy & research organisations
Topics: 
Work Capability Assessment, International
Year of Publication: 
2015
Type: 
Report, Research

This Demos report examines how seven countries assess capability for work and proposes "real-life assessment" as an alternative to the Work Capability Assessment. The Work Capability Assessment (WCA) – which assesses eligibility for the main out-of-work disability benefit, Employment and Support Allowance – is widely seen to be failing. Part of the problem is how the assessments have been delivered, but even after Atos is replaced by Maximus, the root problems of the WCA will remain: the WCA simply does not assess claimants’ capability for work.

Publisher: 
Other organisations
Topics: 
Work Choice
Year of Publication: 
2015
Type: 
Framework

The Supported Business Alliance are an affiliation of over 25 Supported Businesses, whose steering group consists of Clarity, MTIB, Whitehouse Enterprises, Watford Workshops and the Industrial Services Group. The Supported Business Alliance was formed initially to provide a platform to Government to demonstrate the value of Supported Businesses within the disability employment sector.