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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 has announced changes to Maths and English requirements for apprentices who have  special educational needs, learning difficulties or disabilities. Specific criteria have to be met and evidenced and these are detailed in the Specification of Apprenticeship Standards for England. For these apprentices exemptions are in place for the regular English and Maths minimum requirements. This exemption allows the apprentice to use an Entry Level 3 qualification in English or Maths as an acceptable alternative.

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

We have received confirmation of the local authorities that will participate in the DWP supported employment proof of concept initiative.  The announcement had been delayed for 10 weeks by the election but the local authorities were informed this morning.

You can read more about the background to the supported employment proof of concept trials, including the tender documents.

The following nine local authorities have been informed and invited to participate in the initiative:

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Public Health England has published a report detailing the results of the 2016 autism self-assessment exercise. The annual self-assessment is completed by English local authorities and includes a couple of questions about work.

 

 

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.

Disabled people are to be offered internships in the Scottish Government as it seeks to lead by example. The internship programme starts in September and forms part of 120 places offered in the public, voluntary and charity sectors. The Scottish disability employment rate at 40.9% compared with a non-disabled employment rate of 81.5%. The Scottish Government has a long-term aim of halving this gap and Social Security Minister Jeane Freeman said the Scottish Government and public sector had to "lead by example" in helping support disabled people into work.

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.

It has been confirmed that DWP's supported employment proof of concept trials are to be delayed by the announcement of the general election on 8 June. We were expecting an imminent announcement about which local authorities have been selected to take part but this has now been put on hold. DWP will be writing to all those local authorities that submitted expressions of interest to update them on the situation. 

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

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