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The ESFA has published the guidance and cost form for exceptional learning support for the 2019 to 2020 funding year.

Providers and employers must complete the estimated cost of exceptional learning support at the beginning of a learner’s programme and submit the completed cost form by email to exceptional.learningsupportclaims@education.gov.uk.

DWP has published details of Access to Work statistics from 2007 to 2019. 32,010 people had applications for support approved in 2018-19 and inflation-adjusted spending has increased to exceed 2010 levels for the first time in 5 years. Total expenditure for 2018-19 was just over £129m.

Full details can be found on the DWP website.

 

 

Government is consulting on the different ways that it and employers can take action to reduce ill health-related job loss. It published its consultation document, Health is Everyone's Business, recently and BASE wishes to reflect member views in its response. The consultation is open until 7 October and can be completed online.  BASE will ber seeking member views shortly and the consultation questions are attached below.

A survey of 500 small and medium enterprises (SMEs) by a solicitor firm, Bolt Burdon Kemp, has found that found many don’t understand how to cater for disabled employees. The survey found that 93% of those surveyed would like more information and training about disability employment law.

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.

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