Greater Manchester sets learning disability employment target

Greater Manchester has set a target of achieving 7% employment rates for people with learning disabilities across all of the Greater Manchester boroughs by 2020. The target is included within its GM Learning Disability Strategy and flagged up in a letter to all authorities in the region.

The letter, from Lord Smith of Leigh, the Chair of Greater Manchester Health and Care Board, states:

In particular, one of the priorities which I am keen for all localities to make a real difference isemployment. Given our record of the Partnership on programmes such “Working Well”, I was both shocked and disappointed at the average GM LD employment figure of 4.4% and although I believe updated figures recently published show an improvements, GM is still behind the national average, which itself is pitiful. I am therefore personally going to champion this stream of work.

BASE members have been meeting in a task group to develop the business plan for Supported Employment in Greater Manchester. Funding is being sought to support implementation of plans to meet the 7% target.