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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.

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.

The Department for Education (DfE) has published an updated guidance document for Supported Internships.

The New Local Government Network (NLGN) has published a document about use of the social value within procurement. The report is based on a workshop held in Birmingham in December 2016, with attendees from local authorities and the private sector. It looks at the background to including social value in procurement processes, as well as how its aims can best be achieved in practice.

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has published its report into Local Support for People with a Learning Disability  There are an estimated 930,000 adults with a learning disability in England, 129,000 of whom receive local authority social care support. There are approximately 2,500 people with a learning disability who are living in mental health hospitals.

The Equality and Human Rights Commission has published a report, "Being disabled in Britain: A journey less equal." that looks at the experiences of people with a disability in the UK today. It builds on the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s statutory five-yearly report on equality and human rights progress in England, Scotland and Wales, Is Britain Fairer?. The report found a lack of equal opportunities in education and employment

DWP has released the third Q&A Briefing for the DWP Local Supported Employment proof of concept. This is the final briefing to be issued.

Expressions of interest close on 27 March.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/local-supported-employment-ex...

 

Rob Grieg, Chief Executive of the National Development Team for Inclusion, has written a blog for the Guardian about Rosa Monckton's proposal that people with a learning disability might be paid at less than the national minimum wage. We fully support his views which are reproduced below.

 

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) have launched an expression of interest exercise for local authorities to jointly deliver a Local Supported Employment proof of concept.  Expressions of interest should be submitted by 27 March 2017.  

BASE has submitted a written response with a number of recommendations to the Improving Lives green paper. Our response was formulated following discussions with members.

The full document runs to 19 pages but we have summarised our main recommendations below:

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