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The Scottish Commission for Learning Disability (SCLD) has today published the Employment Task Group report to Scottish Government Ministers.

The report, titled The Route to Employment for People with Learning Disabilities in Scotland, explores what needs to be done to create more and better employment opportunities for Scots with a learning disability.

The report states 4 priorities for action:

The London School of Economics has published a report by Liz Sayce that addresses the question of whether there is a set of policy levers that could, together, encourage employers to improve disabled people’s employment and pay. It also considers how proposals could be framed and pursued, to enable people to unite to achieve them.

The Switching Focus report includes recommendations covering:

The Government has published a line manager's guide to employing people with a disability. It's been produced by the Disability Confident scheme in collaboration with CIPD, the professional body for HR and people development.

The guidance focuses on the role of the line manager in workplace adjustments, langauge and behaviour and sickness absence. It also provides guidance on recruiting, retaining and developing employees with a disability or health condition.

The UK Independent Mechanism (UKIM) has published its update report to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The report gives an update on the steps taken by the UK governments to act on 

The Education Committere has published a report on the quality of apprenticeships and skills training. According to the committee, too many apprentices are not getting the high-quality training they deserve and too many people, particularly the disadvantaged, are not being given the support they need to pursue an apprenticeship and get on in life.

Autism and learning disability have been named as one of the 4 clinical priorities for long term planning within the NHS. 

On 18th June the Prime Minister set out a funding settlement for the NHS in England for the next five years. In return, the NHS has been asked to set out a long term plan for the future of the NHS by Autumn, setting out its ambitions for improvement over the next decade, and its plans to meet them over the five years of the funding settlement. 

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:

A £7.9m pilot has been officially launched to help South Yorkshire people with disabilities and health conditions to stay in employment and rejoin the workforce. The 'Working Win' scheme aims to assess the best type of support for those who are out of work, or struggling in employment due to health problems.

Channel 4 is seeking applications for their 4Talent work experience programme. They have a variety of departments involved this time around including Content Management, Sales, Film4, Legal and Commissioning.

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