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The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has published its latest report into Disability pay gaps in the UK: 2018 which has found that in 2018 the median pay for non-disabled workers was £12.11 an hour, against £10.63 for disabled workers.

Disabled employees with a mental impairment had the largest pay gap at 18.6%, while for those with a physical impairment the pay gap was 9.7% and those with other impairments had the narrowest gap, at 7.4%. Around a quarter of the difference in mean pay can be accounted for by factors such as occupation and qualification.

All the parties have now published their manifestos in readiness for the general election. We've picked out some of the key points from each of them but our advice is to read each of them in detail before deciding where to place your vote.

PeoplePlus is looking for partners who share their vision, values and commitment to delivering high performing services that transform people’s lives, building on their existing Justice partner network to deliver the Unpaid Work, Accredited Programmes and Non-Accredited Structured Interventions elements of the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) Probation Delivery Partner Contract. They will issue further call’s for partners for the Dynamic Framework once they have reviewed the specification.

BASE held its annual conference in Manchester on 5-6 November. The event was attended by 160 people and featured a range of speakers and workshops. We're pleased with the feedback received and would like to thank all who contributred to making it such a success. The conference closed with a witty and insightful contribution from Francesca Martinez. Next year's conference has been announced and will be in Leicester on 11-12 November 2020.

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is organising a series of engagement events to support the development of the Local Supported Employment (LSE) Trial.  This trial builds on the proof of concept DWP recently delivered in partnership with 9 Local Authorities in 2018, to further test whether DWP, in partnership with LAs, is able to increase the delivery of high quality supported employment for people with a learning disability or autism, who are known to adult social care or those in contact with secondary mental health services. 

The Education Committee has published its report on Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. It doesn't pull any punches and makes a series of recommendations.

DWP has advertised details of a market engagement event on 30 October. This early engagement event means that a procurement idea is currently active and DWP is in the early stage of development and judging interest from potential suppliers. Though the event is advertised through the Employability and Health Related Services Umbrella Agreement, DWP have stressed that the opportunity is open to SMEs and the voluntary sector.

Statistical information has been published for the 2018-19 employment rates in England for people with a learning disability and for people using secondary mental health services. They show a mixed picture. Employment rates for people with a learning disability have been on a downward trend year on year [Indicator 1E] and now stand at 5.9%.

Mencap has launched Learning Disability Work Week 2019 and is looking for support from providers.

The Work Week takes place on 18-22 November 2019 and is an opportunity to celebrate the successes of people with a learning disability that have found paid employment and to address some of the barriers and obstacles that stop others from finding work.

There are a number of ways you can take part: 

A new service to help provide meaningful employment opportunities for people with a disability is set to be launched in Devon. The Disability Employment Hub is a collaboration between the Devon County Council, Learn Devon and Jobcentre Plus.

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