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The Centre for Social Justice has published a new report, Commissioning Excellence in Disability , that examines DWP's nationally contracted disability employment provision. 

The report is critical of performance over recent years and highlights some of the problem areas including commissioning processes, funding models and supply chain management. It suggests ways of making better use of the expertise within the voluntary sector and makes a series of recommendations.

Public Health England has issued updated statistics for the Public Health Outcomes Framework. They should that the disability employment gap for people with a learning disability and people in contact with secondary mental health services stands at almost 70% across England. The gap has increased by nearly 7% over the last 7 years.

Two BASE members, Pembrokeshire County Council and Vision Products, have received awards for their Disability Confident work. The awards were presented on 5th February by the Department of Work and Pensions at the Hospitality Wales Confident about Disability Awards.

Pembrokeshire County Council has been named an ‘Inspirational Employer’ at the Cardiff ceremony for Welsh employers. 

DWP has announced market engagement events for the Local Supported Employment (LSE) Trailblazer in the run up to the issuance of the Invitation to Tender.

The events are now confirmed as follows:

The Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) are seeking views from providers who have an interest in subcontracted delivery to inform their thinking about reforms to subcontracting arrangements.

The Welsh Government has confirmed that it will not be continuing with the planned new Job Support Wales Programme. The programme was due to begin delivery in April and aimed to amalgamate the five Welsh Government Employability initiatives into a single tailored offer.

Following early pre-market engagement and surveys, DWP announded that they had reviewed the timeline for applications to join the Employment & Health Related Services Umbrella Agreement (EHRSUA) and would be issuing two separate Invitations to Tender (ItT); one tender in respect of Tier One and Tier Two and a further tender for Tier Three, at a later date.

Special needs schools and colleges are invited to apply for grants of between £15,000 and £75,000 through the Wolfson Foundation's Funding for Special Schools and Colleges grants programme. The funding is available for projects that are focused towards helping pupils to develop skills which would help them to gain employment or live independently after leaving school or college.  

The Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work, Justin Tomlinson, has said that he wants to explore giving more autonomy to Jobcentre Plus work coaches so that they can allocate funding to commission local projects to help get people back into work. Speaking at a Westminster Business Forum event on disability in the workplace, he said that "we do need to look closely about moving away from a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach where people are sat round a circle and taught how to do a CV, and how to do their interview".

The Scotland Government has published an action plan for the future care and support of people living with neurological conditions.

The term ‘neurological conditions’ includes a wide range of conditions, disorders and syndromes affecting the brain, spinal cord, nerves and muscles.

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