The Work and Pensions Committee has issued a blunt statement about the Department for Work and Pensions' failure to provide any staistical information prior to their hearing on Universal Credit. The following statement was issued today:

Amid growing calls from across the political spectrum for a pause in the Universal Credit rollout as evidence of problems continues to mount, the Work and Pensions Committee will take evidence from Secretary of State David Gauke on Wednesday morning. 

DWP has announced the prime contractors for the new Work and Health Programme.  The successful prime contractors for Manchester (1 lot) and London (4 lots) will be announced separately.

DWP has announced the closure of 102 jobcentres across the country. 36 of the jobcentres will become co-located with local authority services while 4 are pending the acquisition of new buildings. The remaining 62 closures will mean that claimants will have to travel to alternative jobcentres.

Mencap have announced this year's Learning Disability Work Week and it takes place on 6-12 November, the same week as the BASE conference

The Scottish Government has awarded contracts worth up to £96 million to help people find and stay in work. Fair Start Scotland service aims to help at least 38,000 people to find employment and will start in April 2018. Participation will be on a voluntary basis. The programme includes funding for supported employment and IPS provision.

Currently, fewer than 6% of people with learning disabilities are in paid work. We know this figure represents a drop from previous years. 

We know that people with learning disabilities can and do make hard working and enthusiastic employees, bringing new skills, talents and perspectives to their employers.  We also know that when we give good quality support to people interested in work we can match their skills, interests and aspirations to the needs of local employers and get good outcomes.

Avail Support are organising a series of webinars for supported employment agencies to find out more about the assistive technology that they have designed. Avail Support will also be presenting at the BASE conference in Brighton on 9 November.

The webinars take place on:

22 September (9am); 25 September (10am)

5 October (3pm); 12 October (2pm); 20 October (2pm) and 26 October (2pm)


Nicola Sturgeon has announced the Scottish Government’s plans for addressing equality and human rights over the year ahead. Actions relating to equality for people with a disability include:

  • Delivering for disabled people through our Disability Delivery Plan - commended by the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Greater Manchester Council for Voluntary Organisations (GMCVO) is seeking tenders from potential providers in relation to the Greater Manchester Talent Match programme.  Full details are at–-local-employer-support

NHS Arden & Greater East Midlands Commissioning Support Unit (NHS Arden & GEM CSU) on behalf of NHS Hardwick Clinical Commissioning Group (HCCG) are inviting Expressions of Interest from suitably qualified providers capable of delivering an Employment Advice Service for IAPT Services within Derbyshire.